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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?
(a) The twentieth century.
(b) Humans.
(c) Warfare.
(d) America.

2. Near the end of Chapter 1, Grossman cites a political cartoon criticizing what American commander?
(a) Patton.
(b) Sherman.
(c) Grant.
(d) LeMai.

3. In Chapter 7, an anonymous soldier compares what horrific incident to masturbation?
(a) The Cultural Revolution.
(b) The Katyn massacre.
(c) The My Lai massacre.
(d) The Battle of Shiloh.

4. In the World War II stories of Chapter 4, what do soldiers do to avoid killing?
(a) Smoke cigarettes.
(b) Surrender to German troops.
(c) Pretend to be dead.
(d) Sleep.

5. What percentage of the population can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage?
(a) 25.
(b) 2.
(c) 0.
(d) 13.

6. In regards to war, what group of people does Grossman say in Chapter 1 is most distanced in their decision-making?
(a) Contractors.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Generals.
(d) Petty officers.

7. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?
(a) Blood.
(b) An address.
(c) A date.
(d) A goodbye message.

8. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?
(a) Jane Fonda.
(b) Hillary Clinton.
(c) Susan Sarandon.
(d) Gloria Steinem.

9. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?
(a) Dead teenager slasher films.
(b) Miami Vice.
(c) Russ Meyer pictures.
(d) Girls-with-guns videos.

10. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?
(a) They do not see the effects of the oppression.
(b) The wealthy do not feel guilt.
(c) Theydo not consider the poor people.
(d) They think they are helping to motivate the poor to work.

11. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?
(a) 10.
(b) 50.
(c) 4.
(d) 23.

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

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

14. In Chapter 2, what tactic does Grossman describe as key to training soldiers to fire in combat?
(a) Drilling.
(b) Encouragement.
(c) Education.
(d) Alcohol.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?

2. Which of the following is not a contributing factor in determining whether a group easily unites in combat killing?

3. In the mythology cited at the end of Chapter 7, who is born of the marriage of Aries and Aphrodite?

4. In Chapter 1, Grossman cites a study which says vets are most likely to fire when?

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

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