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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Ram.
(c) Stag.
(d) Gorilla.

2. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?
(a) Body tremors.
(b) Involuntary urination.
(c) Organ failure.
(d) Ulcers.

3. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?
(a) A means for instilling fear in the enlisted men.
(b) A means of maintaining a socioeconomic status quo.
(c) A way to encourage enlisted men to strive and advance.
(d) Allowing officers the separation to send men on dangerous missions.

4. 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) 20.
(b) 50.
(c) 10.
(d) 30.

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

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

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

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

9. Which Civil War officer does Grossman quote at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) Jackson.
(b) McClellen.
(c) Pickett.
(d) Sherman.

10. 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.

11. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?
(a) Russ Meyer pictures.
(b) Miami Vice.
(c) Girls-with-guns videos.
(d) Dead teenager slasher films.

12. 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) Neither man.
(b) The American.
(c) The Viet Cong.
(d) Both men.

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

14. According to Grossman in Chapter 7, how long can guilt over killing last?
(a) Days.
(b) Hours.
(c) A lifetime.
(d) Months.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What city did King Sennacherib destroy?

2. In the study cited by Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, what stimulus was applied to test dogs?

3. What do most historians agree was the key to the Roman military model's success?

4. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?

5. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?

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