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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is not a contributing factor in determining whether a group easily unites in combat killing?
(a) The psychological bond among members of the group.
(b) The size of the group.
(c) The proximity of members in the group.
(d) The mean age of the group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. In combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?
(a) Self and comrades.
(b) Self and family.
(c) Self and country.
(d) Family and comrades.

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

12. During World War I, what was the favored weapon of American servicemen for killing enemy combatants?
(a) Grenades.
(b) Bayonet.
(c) Rifles.
(d) Mines.

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

14. Early in Chapter 2, Grossman quotes a researcher who say that most soldier's relationship with their comrades are stronger than with whom?
(a) Their wives.
(b) Themselves.
(c) Their children.
(d) Their parents.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?

3. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?

4. In Chapter 8, what term does Grossman use to refer to those who have killed in war?

5. At the end of Chapter 4, what reason does Grossman give for the increase in firing and killing in recent wars?

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