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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?
(a) 35-40 percent.
(b) 25-30 percent.
(c) 15-20 percent.
(d) 5-10 percent.

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

4. In what war did Lord Moran fight?
(a) World War I.
(b) The Civil War.
(c) The Falklands War.
(d) The Rhodesian Wars.

5. Near the end of Chapter 1, Grossman cites a political cartoon criticizing what American commander?
(a) Patton.
(b) Grant.
(c) Sherman.
(d) LeMai.

6. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?
(a) We have not official language or religion.
(b) Our enemies and allies were the same race.
(c) Our military is multi-racial.
(d) We have a history of domestic racial oppression.

7. What city did King Sennacherib destroy?
(a) Tehran.
(b) Alexandria.
(c) Babylon.
(d) Jerusalem.

8. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?
(a) Jane Fonda.
(b) Hillary Clinton.
(c) Susan Sarandon.
(d) Gloria Steinem.

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

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

11. In Chapter 2, what tactic does Grossman describe as key to training soldiers to fire in combat?
(a) Drilling.
(b) Encouragement.
(c) Alcohol.
(d) Education.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the final story of Chapter 4, the one in which an American and Viet Cong soldier happen upon each other, who is killed?

2. In Chapter 3, an Israeli study says a hostage is much more likely to die if what?

3. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?

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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