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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Victory.
(c) Rest.
(d) New leadership.

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

3. Which of the following is not a component of Group Absolution as delineated in Chapter 1?
(a) Intensity of support to kill.
(b) Legitimacy of group.
(c) Age of group members.
(d) Number in immediate group.

4. What did military analysts in World War II predict about the result of civilian bombings?
(a) Psychiatric casualties would be nonexistent.
(b) Psychiatric casualties would be equal to those with soldiers.
(c) Psychiatric casualties would be worse than with soldiers.
(d) Psychiatric casualties would be fewer than with soldiers.

5. 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?
(a) They often commit suicide after regular combat ends.
(b) They are often psychopaths or sociopaths.
(c) They are often highly-educated.
(d) They are often insomniacs.

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

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

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

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

10. Which of the following is not an option for a soldier in combat that Grossman lists in Chapter 1?
(a) Fight.
(b) Submit.
(c) Posture.
(d) Suicide.

11. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?
(a) Jungian therapy.
(b) Time away from combat.
(c) Medication.
(d) Freudian therapy.

12. What occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?
(a) Death.
(b) Muscle atrophy.
(c) Hallucinations.
(d) Narcolepsy.

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

14. 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.

15. 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) They think they are helping to motivate the poor to work.
(c) The wealthy do not feel guilt.
(d) Theydo not consider the poor people.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?

3. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?

4. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?

5. In Chapter 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?

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