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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Why does fight-or-flight not come into play in a battle situation?
(a) Soldiers are able to communicate verbally with each other.
(b) Soldiers are on the same stratus of the food chain.
(c) Battle is a collective exercise.
(d) Soldiers are armed with weapons.

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?
(a) Theydo not consider the poor people.
(b) The wealthy do not feel guilt.
(c) They think they are helping to motivate the poor to work.
(d) They do not see the effects of the oppression.

5. According to Chapter 4, warfare is the process of giving individuals the means for what?
(a) Self-actualization.
(b) Destruction.
(c) Courage.
(d) Strategic superiority.

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

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

8. What was the first crew-served weapon?
(a) The artillery gun.
(b) The chariot.
(c) The submarine.
(d) The phalanx.

9. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?
(a) Killing is deliverance into heaven.
(b) Every man chooses his own death.
(c) Soldiers must kill or be killed.
(d) All men are of the same Spirit.

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

11. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?
(a) Time away from combat.
(b) Medication.
(c) Freudian therapy.
(d) Jungian therapy.

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) 20.
(c) 50.
(d) 10.

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

14. 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 do not have formal education or training.
(c) They are asking their men to commit illegal acts.
(d) Their men traditionally try to unseat them.

15. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?
(a) 23.
(b) 10.
(c) 4.
(d) 50.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a component of Group Absolution as delineated in Chapter 1?

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

3. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?

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

5. As described in Chapter 4, how did German soldiers surrender at the end of World War II?

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