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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 not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?
(a) Sporadic Violence.
(b) Character Disorders.
(c) Obsessional and Compulsive States.
(d) Fatigue States.

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

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

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

5. What was the first crew-served weapon?
(a) The artillery gun.
(b) The chariot.
(c) The phalanx.
(d) The submarine.

6. What city did King Sennacherib destroy?
(a) Babylon.
(b) Jerusalem.
(c) Alexandria.
(d) Tehran.

7. 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 creates a radius of safety.
(c) It can be done while moving.
(d) It is a simpler motion.

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

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

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

11. With what term does Grossman describe the reticence of the military to discuss non-firing in Chapter 3?
(a) An official fiction.
(b) A conspiracy of silence.
(c) Everybody's sin.
(d) A secret under the rug.

12. What is the unifying element that links all of the coping tactics in Chapter 3?
(a) Experience.
(b) Distance.
(c) Trance.
(d) Enibriation.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the small percentage of individuals that can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage have in common?

2. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?

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

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

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

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