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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?
(a) Urban crime.
(b) Rape.
(c) Corporate layoffs.
(d) Eating meat.

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

3. At the end of Chapter 4, what reason does Grossman give for the increase in firing and killing in recent wars?
(a) Military conditioning practices.
(b) The end of the draft.
(c) New weapons technology.
(d) Less close-raange combat.

4. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?
(a) Opportunity.
(b) Fear.
(c) Motive.
(d) Means.

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

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

7. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?
(a) They traditionally do not work their way through the ranks.
(b) They are asking their men to commit illegal acts.
(c) Their men traditionally try to unseat them.
(d) They do not have formal education or training.

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

9. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?
(a) A date.
(b) Blood.
(c) An address.
(d) A goodbye message.

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

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

12. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?
(a) To scare would-be challengers.
(b) To save face with others.
(c) To avoid court martial.
(d) To impress civilians.

13. 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) Killing is deliverance into heaven.
(d) Every man chooses his own death.

14. In combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?
(a) Self and family.
(b) Family and comrades.
(c) Self and comrades.
(d) Self and country.

15. 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 not among the trapped battalion.
(b) He was relieved of duty shortly after the incident.
(c) He committed suicide.
(d) He was a pacifist.

Short Answer Questions

1. What occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?

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

3. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?

4. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?

5. What is the unifying element that links all of the coping tactics in Chapter 3?

(see the answer keys)

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