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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 5, what component separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Charisma.
(d) Control.

2. Between which two stages of the killing process is a murder-suicide fluctuating, as described in Chapter 2?
(a) Concern and acceptance.
(b) Killing and remorse.
(c) Exhilaration and revulsion.
(d) Remorse and rationalization.

3. Which of the following is not an example provided in Chapter 2 of Vietnam's "dirty" combat?
(a) Killing women and children.
(b) Killing up close.
(c) Encroaching into neighboring countries.
(d) Burning down civilian homes.

4. In Chapter 6, Grossman indicates that an Islamic suicide bomber's authority figure is what?
(a) God.
(b) Himself.
(c) A terrorist cell leader.
(d) A religious leader.

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, what do POW executions do to an enemy?
(a) Break their morale.
(b) Make them more aggressive.
(c) Destroy their civilian support.
(d) Give them reason to murder your POW's

6. What public figure's death is referenced in the end of Chapter 2 to illustrate the relationship of nudity and violence?
(a) John Lennon.
(b) James Dean.
(c) Benito Mussolini.
(d) Jane Mansfield.

7. How does the rationalization of Ray, the Panama vet quoted at the end of Chapter 1, manifest itself?
(a) In his observation of the victim.
(b) In religious expression.
(c) In political debate.
(d) In a dream.

8. By the late 1990's, approximately how many Vietnam vets were suffering from PTSD?
(a) 75,000.
(b) 2,000,000.
(c) 400,000.
(d) 600,000.

9. What was new about the enemy composition in Vietnam as opposed to previous wars?
(a) The enemy hid in tunnels.
(b) The enemy blended in with the populace.
(c) The enemy was younger in age.
(d) Their were many women combatants.

10. At the end of Chapter 5, Grossman says that a soldier who refuses to take part in an atrocity represents what?
(a) Nobility in mankind.
(b) An independent heart.
(c) Fear incarnate.
(d) Resistance to peer pressure.

11. In his anecdote of Chapter 2, what event elicited surprisingly violent action from Richard Heckler?
(a) His wife leaving him.
(b) His mother's death.
(c) A long line at a supermarket.
(d) A mugging.

12. In the Vet of the Year anecdote in Chapter 3, who did Dave use as an example of someone who did not kill but was still blamed?
(a) An ammo truck driver.
(b) A medic.
(c) A military reporter.
(d) A helicopter repairman.

13. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, what is the purpose of after-mission briefings in modern wars?
(a) Allowing a cool-down period for soldiers.
(b) Sharing best practices.
(c) Researching the stressors most affecting men.
(d) Reinforcing the rightness of their combat.

14. Which of the following is not a category of atrocity listed in Chapter 1?
(a) White.
(b) Gray.
(c) Red.
(d) Black.

15. To what presidency does Grossman apply the killing process in Chapter 2?
(a) George HW Bush.
(b) Franklin Roosevelt.
(c) Andrew Johnson.
(d) Ronald Reagan.

Short Answer Questions

1. During what component of military training is the most important conditioning happening according to Grossman in Chapter 1?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, which type of combatants are more prone than most to a powerful exhilaration stage?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what does the army use in rifle training?

4. What stigma constitutes a gray atrocity?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what distinction does Grossman make between social learning and the previous two types of conditioning?

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