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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 component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?
(a) Means.
(b) Fear.
(c) Opportunity.
(d) Motive.

2. In the World War II stories of Chapter 4, what do soldiers do to avoid killing?
(a) Sleep.
(b) Pretend to be dead.
(c) Surrender to German troops.
(d) Smoke cigarettes.

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

4. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?
(a) Savage.
(b) Dainty.
(c) Sexual.
(d) Minimal.

5. According to Chapter 4, warfare is the process of giving individuals the means for what?
(a) Courage.
(b) Strategic superiority.
(c) Destruction.
(d) Self-actualization.

6. In the story at the beginning of Chapter 3, what percentage of soldiers questioned said they were certain they had killed even one enemy in combat?
(a) 10.
(b) 20.
(c) 30.
(d) 50.

7. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?
(a) A Kurdish secession.
(b) A Shiite backlash.
(c) Iranian influx.
(d) A US invasion.

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

9. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?
(a) Their numbers.
(b) Their morale.
(c) Their equipment.
(d) Their infrastructure.

10. 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.

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

12. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?
(a) Obey.
(b) Prove himself.
(c) Reproduce.
(d) Be validated.

13. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?
(a) 25-30 percent.
(b) 15-20 percent.
(c) 35-40 percent.
(d) 5-10 percent.

14. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?
(a) Civilian.
(b) POW.
(c) Correspondant.
(d) Combatant.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?

2. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?

3. What conversion did most military personnel make to their bayonets in combat?

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

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

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