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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which of the following is not an animal that Grossman uses as an example of sexual dominating behavior at the beginning of Chapter 7?
(a) Orca.
(b) Gorilla.
(c) Ram.
(d) Stag.

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

5. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?
(a) The effects of killing.
(b) The past history of each man.
(c) The clinical definition of PTSD.
(d) The history of military psychology.

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

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

8. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?
(a) He was relieved of duty shortly after the incident.
(b) He was a pacifist.
(c) He committed suicide.
(d) He was not among the trapped battalion.

9. In discussing the atavistic fervor of a mob early in Chapter 2, Grossman cites what recent genocide?
(a) Rwanda.
(b) Cambodia.
(c) East Timor.
(d) Phillipines.

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

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

12. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?
(a) Interconnectedness.
(b) Humanity.
(c) Vulnerability.
(d) Savagery.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 8, what varies widely regarding those who recover from mental trauma after killing in combat?

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

3. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?

4. In combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?

5. What does Gossman say edged weapons produce effectively at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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