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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In regards to war, what group of people does Grossman say in Chapter 1 is most distanced in their decision-making?
(a) Petty officers.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Contractors.
(d) Generals.

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

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

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

5. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?
(a) Savage.
(b) Dainty.
(c) Sexual.
(d) Minimal.

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

7. 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.

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

9. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?
(a) Normandy.
(b) Iwo Jima.
(c) Midway.
(d) Stalingrad.

10. 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 military is multi-racial.
(b) Our enemies and allies were the same race.
(c) We have not official language or religion.
(d) We have a history of domestic racial oppression.

11. In Chapter 1, Grossman cites a study which says vets are most likely to fire when?
(a) When fired upon.
(b) When under-slept.
(c) When ordered to.
(d) When soldiers around them fire.

12. What term does Grossman use in Chapter 6 to indicate the method one uses to kill in hand-to-hand-combat?
(a) Breath and blood.
(b) Always on top.
(c) Hard to soft.
(d) Deflect and deliver.

13. In Chapter 7, Grossman says what has made killing easier for soldiers?
(a) A violent media.
(b) A new enemy.
(c) Training.
(d) Technology.

14. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?
(a) Character Disorders.
(b) Sporadic Violence.
(c) Fatigue States.
(d) Obsessional and Compulsive States.

15. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?
(a) Released prisoners-of-war.
(b) Declined to fire their weapons.
(c) Self-harm.
(d) Learned German.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?

2. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?

3. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?

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

5. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?

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