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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 can be done while moving.
(c) It creates a radius of safety.
(d) It wounds rather than kills.

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

3. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?
(a) France.
(b) Korea.
(c) The Soviet Union.
(d) Israel.

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

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

6. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?
(a) 150.
(b) 200.
(c) 60.
(d) 10.

7. In Chapter 3, an Israeli study says a hostage is much more likely to die if what?
(a) His hands are not bound.
(b) He knows the hostage-takers' names.
(c) He is not allowed to use the bathroom.
(d) His head is hooded.

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

9. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?
(a) They are loaded without pellets.
(b) They are loaded multiple times.
(c) They are unloaded.
(d) They are loaded without powder.

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

11. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) The Stanford "prison" study.
(b) The Yale "electroshock" study.
(c) The Tuskegee Institute syphilis studies.
(d) Pavlov's dog experiments.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 1, Grossman cites a study which says vets are most likely to fire when?

3. In the final story of Chapter 4, the one in which an American and Viet Cong soldier happen upon each other, who is killed?

4. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?

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