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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. According to Grossman at the beginning of Chapter 5, what produces actual terror in really dangerous situations?
(a) Proximity to human maliciousness.
(b) Proximity to death.
(c) Lack of control.
(d) Lack of order.

4. With what term does Grossman describe the reticence of the military to discuss non-firing in Chapter 3?
(a) Everybody's sin.
(b) An official fiction.
(c) A secret under the rug.
(d) A conspiracy of silence.

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

6. As described in Chapter 4, how did German soldiers surrender at the end of World War II?
(a) Holding out family pictures.
(b) Bowing to American tanks.
(c) Burning their uniforms.
(d) Singing the Star Spangled Banner.

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

8. 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.

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

10. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?
(a) 6.
(b) 2.
(c) 4.
(d) 1.

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

12. 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) 30.
(b) 10.
(c) 50.
(d) 20.

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

14. What does Grossman cite at length in Chapter 5 as a perfect amalgamation of the effects of hate on psychological state?
(a) The Holocaust.
(b) The Andersonville Prison.
(c) The Cambodian Killing Fields.
(d) The Hanoi HIlton.

15. What does Gossman say edged weapons produce effectively at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) Death.
(b) Movement.
(c) Fear.
(d) Dismemberment.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a contributing factor in determining whether a group easily unites in combat killing?

2. In Chapter 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?

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. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?

5. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?

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