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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the mythology cited at the end of Chapter 7, who is born of the marriage of Aries and Aphrodite?
(a) Harmonia.
(b) Athena.
(c) Nyx.
(d) Persephone.

2. What great advance in military technology did Gustavus Adolphus create?
(a) The black powder rifle.
(b) The portable cannon.
(c) The automatic rifle.
(d) The chain gun.

3. What term arose in the early 1990's to describe the new fighting techniques seen in the Gulf War?
(a) Nintendo war.
(b) Telegraph war.
(c) Mail-order war.
(d) Calling-card war.

4. In Chapter 8, what term does Grossman use to refer to those who have killed in war?
(a) Noncriminal killers.
(b) Legalized perpetrators.
(c) Shooters.
(d) Combat actives.

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?
(a) Theydo not consider the poor people.
(b) They do not see the effects of the oppression.
(c) The wealthy do not feel guilt.
(d) They think they are helping to motivate the poor to work.

6. Early in Chapter 2, Grossman quotes a researcher who say that most soldier's relationship with their comrades are stronger than with whom?
(a) Themselves.
(b) Their wives.
(c) Their parents.
(d) Their children.

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

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

9. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?
(a) When the trauma was caused by a person.
(b) When the victim was severely injured.
(c) When it happens in wartime.
(d) When it happens in peacetime.

10. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?
(a) Gloria Steinem.
(b) Hillary Clinton.
(c) Susan Sarandon.
(d) Jane Fonda.

11. What percentage of the population can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage?
(a) 25.
(b) 2.
(c) 0.
(d) 13.

12. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, who is often given the cold shoulder in the military?
(a) Snipers.
(b) Grunts.
(c) Diplomats.
(d) Newly-commisioned officers.

13. 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.

14. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?
(a) Our enemies and allies were the same race.
(b) We have a history of domestic racial oppression.
(c) We have not official language or religion.
(d) Our military is multi-racial.

15. Why does fight-or-flight not come into play in a battle situation?
(a) Soldiers are able to communicate verbally with each other.
(b) Soldiers are on the same stratus of the food chain.
(c) Battle is a collective exercise.
(d) Soldiers are armed with weapons.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?

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

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

4. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?

5. How does the military normally deal with the problem of exhaustion in combat?

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