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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?
(a) Humanity.
(b) Vulnerability.
(c) Savagery.
(d) Interconnectedness.

2. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?
(a) When the victim was severely injured.
(b) When it happens in wartime.
(c) When the trauma was caused by a person.
(d) When it happens in peacetime.

3. In Chapter 7, Grossman says what has made killing easier for soldiers?
(a) A new enemy.
(b) A violent media.
(c) Technology.
(d) Training.

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

5. Which of the following is a component of Demands of Authority as delineated in Chapter 1?
(a) Intensity of demand to kill.
(b) Weaponry possessed by commander.
(c) Personal relationship with commander.
(d) Number of orders given.

6. At the end of Chapter 4, what reason does Grossman give for the increase in firing and killing in recent wars?
(a) The end of the draft.
(b) Military conditioning practices.
(c) Less close-raange combat.
(d) New weapons technology.

7. As described in Chapter 4, how did German soldiers surrender at the end of World War II?
(a) Singing the Star Spangled Banner.
(b) Holding out family pictures.
(c) Bowing to American tanks.
(d) Burning their uniforms.

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

9. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?
(a) Their numbers.
(b) Their infrastructure.
(c) Their equipment.
(d) Their morale.

10. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) The Yale "electroshock" study.
(b) Pavlov's dog experiments.
(c) The Stanford "prison" study.
(d) The Tuskegee Institute syphilis studies.

11. In Chapter 3, Grossman says what two stimuli most often impel soldiers to kill?
(a) Psychological disorders and prejudices.
(b) Guilt and training.
(c) Expectations and coercions.
(d) Fear and anger.

12. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?
(a) New leadership.
(b) Rest.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Victory.

13. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?
(a) Minimal.
(b) Dainty.
(c) Savage.
(d) Sexual.

14. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?
(a) Organ failure.
(b) Involuntary urination.
(c) Body tremors.
(d) Ulcers.

15. In the study cited by Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, what stimulus was applied to test dogs?
(a) Extreme cold.
(b) Electric shocks.
(c) Loud noises.
(d) Rotten food.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 3, an Israeli study says a hostage is much more likely to die if what?

2. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?

3. Which of the following is not a component of Group Absolution as delineated in Chapter 1?

4. In combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?

5. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?

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