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

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

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

3. 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) Blood.
(c) A date.
(d) A goodbye message.

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

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

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

7. Aside from officers, which individuals are often killed in combat for their toll on morale?
(a) Young recruits.
(b) The elderly.
(c) Flagbearers.
(d) Wives.

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

9. In Chapter 3, Grossman says what two stimuli most often impel soldiers to kill?
(a) Psychological disorders and prejudices.
(b) Expectations and coercions.
(c) Guilt and training.
(d) Fear and anger.

10. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?
(a) 2.
(b) 1.
(c) 6.
(d) 4.

11. 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) The end of the draft.
(d) New weapons technology.

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

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

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

15. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?
(a) All men are of the same Spirit.
(b) Every man chooses his own death.
(c) Killing is deliverance into heaven.
(d) Soldiers must kill or be killed.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what tactic does Grossman describe as key to training soldiers to fire in combat?

2. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?

3. What is the unifying element that links all of the coping tactics in Chapter 3?

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

5. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?

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