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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?
(a) 60.
(b) 150.
(c) 10.
(d) 200.

3. In Chapter 1, Grossman cites a study which says vets are most likely to fire when?
(a) When ordered to.
(b) When under-slept.
(c) When soldiers around them fire.
(d) When fired upon.

4. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?
(a) POW.
(b) Civilian.
(c) Combatant.
(d) Correspondant.

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

6. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?
(a) To save face with others.
(b) To avoid court martial.
(c) To scare would-be challengers.
(d) To impress civilians.

7. 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 was relieved of duty shortly after the incident.
(b) He was a pacifist.
(c) He committed suicide.
(d) He was not among the trapped battalion.

8. What does Grossman cite at length in Chapter 5 as a perfect amalgamation of the effects of hate on psychological state?
(a) The Hanoi HIlton.
(b) The Andersonville Prison.
(c) The Cambodian Killing Fields.
(d) The Holocaust.

9. In what war did Lord Moran fight?
(a) The Civil War.
(b) World War I.
(c) The Rhodesian Wars.
(d) The Falklands War.

10. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 4.
(d) 6.

11. According to Grossman in Chapter 8, what varies widely regarding those who recover from mental trauma after killing in combat?
(a) Level of recovery.
(b) Outlet for recovery.
(c) Time needed for recovery.
(d) Desire for recovery.

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

13. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?
(a) They are loaded multiple times.
(b) They are loaded without pellets.
(c) They are unloaded.
(d) They are loaded without powder.

14. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?
(a) It wounds rather than kills.
(b) It is a simpler motion.
(c) It creates a radius of safety.
(d) It can be done while moving.

15. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?
(a) Prove himself.
(b) Obey.
(c) Reproduce.
(d) Be validated.

Short Answer Questions

1. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?

3. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?

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

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