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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does fight-or-flight not come into play in a battle situation?
(a) Battle is a collective exercise.
(b) Soldiers are on the same stratus of the food chain.
(c) Soldiers are armed with weapons.
(d) Soldiers are able to communicate verbally with each other.

2. Aside from officers, which individuals are often killed in combat for their toll on morale?
(a) Young recruits.
(b) The elderly.
(c) Wives.
(d) Flagbearers.

3. In discussing the atavistic fervor of a mob early in Chapter 2, Grossman cites what recent genocide?
(a) Phillipines.
(b) Rwanda.
(c) East Timor.
(d) Cambodia.

4. How does the military normally deal with the problem of exhaustion in combat?
(a) Extra rations.
(b) Boot camp prep.
(c) Vitamin supplements.
(d) Field manuals.

5. Which Civil War officer does Grossman quote at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) Pickett.
(b) Jackson.
(c) Sherman.
(d) McClellen.

6. According to Grossman at the beginning of Chapter 5, what produces actual terror in really dangerous situations?
(a) Lack of order.
(b) Lack of control.
(c) Proximity to human maliciousness.
(d) Proximity to death.

7. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?
(a) A Kurdish secession.
(b) A US invasion.
(c) A Shiite backlash.
(d) Iranian influx.

8. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?
(a) Every man chooses his own death.
(b) All men are of the same Spirit.
(c) Killing is deliverance into heaven.
(d) Soldiers must kill or be killed.

9. What does Gossman say edged weapons produce effectively at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) Death.
(b) Dismemberment.
(c) Fear.
(d) Movement.

10. What conversion did most military personnel make to their bayonets in combat?
(a) They used the blunt end of them.
(b) They attached them upside down.
(c) They removed them completely.
(d) They used them as hand weapons.

11. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?
(a) He committed suicide.
(b) He was a pacifist.
(c) He was relieved of duty shortly after the incident.
(d) He was not among the trapped battalion.

12. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?
(a) The history of military psychology.
(b) The effects of killing.
(c) The past history of each man.
(d) The clinical definition of PTSD.

13. In Chapter 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?
(a) Eating meat.
(b) Urban crime.
(c) Rape.
(d) Corporate layoffs.

14. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?
(a) A way to encourage enlisted men to strive and advance.
(b) A means of maintaining a socioeconomic status quo.
(c) Allowing officers the separation to send men on dangerous missions.
(d) A means for instilling fear in the enlisted men.

15. Which Roman leader and writer does Grossman quote in Chapter 4?
(a) Tacitus.
(b) Claudius.
(c) Marcus Aurelius.
(d) Herodotus.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?

3. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?

4. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?

5. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?

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