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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What do most historians agree was the key to the Roman military model's success?
(a) Light, flexible armor.
(b) Longer spears.
(c) Strong leadership.
(d) Political legitimacy.

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

6. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?
(a) Denial.
(b) Depression.
(c) Euphoria.
(d) Confusion.

7. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?
(a) Self-harm.
(b) Released prisoners-of-war.
(c) Declined to fire their weapons.
(d) Learned German.

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

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

10. According to Grossman in Chapter 7, how long can guilt over killing last?
(a) Months.
(b) A lifetime.
(c) Hours.
(d) Days.

11. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?
(a) Victim identifies with the hostage-take.
(b) Hostage-taker identyifies with the victim.
(c) Hostage-taker feels antipathy to the victim.
(d) Victim feels antipathy to the authorities.

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

13. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?
(a) Opportunity.
(b) Means.
(c) Fear.
(d) Motive.

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

15. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, who is often given the cold shoulder in the military?
(a) Diplomats.
(b) Newly-commisioned officers.
(c) Snipers.
(d) Grunts.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7, an anonymous soldier compares what horrific incident to masturbation?

2. What does Grossman cite at length in Chapter 5 as a perfect amalgamation of the effects of hate on psychological state?

3. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?

4. According to Chapter 4, warfare is the process of giving individuals the means for what?

5. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?

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