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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?
(a) Hostage-taker feels antipathy to the victim.
(b) Victim identifies with the hostage-take.
(c) Hostage-taker identyifies with the victim.
(d) Victim feels antipathy to the authorities.

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

4. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?
(a) Rest.
(b) Nothing.
(c) New leadership.
(d) Victory.

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

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

7. In the final story of Chapter 4, the one in which an American and Viet Cong soldier happen upon each other, who is killed?
(a) The American.
(b) Both men.
(c) Neither man.
(d) The Viet Cong.

8. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?
(a) To fight with the men.
(b) To reform the formation when someone fell.
(c) The stategize behind lines.
(d) The deliver orders.

9. In Chapter 7, an anonymous soldier compares what horrific incident to masturbation?
(a) The Cultural Revolution.
(b) The Battle of Shiloh.
(c) The Katyn massacre.
(d) The My Lai massacre.

10. Which Roman leader and writer does Grossman quote in Chapter 4?
(a) Claudius.
(b) Herodotus.
(c) Marcus Aurelius.
(d) Tacitus.

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

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

13. What did military analysts in World War II predict about the result of civilian bombings?
(a) Psychiatric casualties would be worse than with soldiers.
(b) Psychiatric casualties would be nonexistent.
(c) Psychiatric casualties would be equal to those with soldiers.
(d) Psychiatric casualties would be fewer than with soldiers.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In regards to war, what group of people does Grossman say in Chapter 1 is most distanced in their decision-making?

2. Which Civil War officer does Grossman quote at the beginning of Chapter 5?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, who is often given the cold shoulder in the military?

4. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?

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

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