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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 2, Grossman says the discussion of the killing process is most effective with which people?
(a) War vets.
(b) School children.
(c) Criminal psychologists.
(d) Convicted murderers.

2. Which of the following is an essential quality that makes a role model desirable as listed in Chapter 4?
(a) Physical attractiveness.
(b) Widespread recognizability.
(c) Identical nationality.
(d) Similarity to learner.

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

4. Which of the following is not a response to killing as described at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) Acceptance.
(b) Remorse.
(c) Denial.
(d) Rationalization.

5. How were tours of duty different in Vietnam compared to other wars?
(a) Tours of duty were not voluntary.
(b) Tours were 24 months instead of 12.
(c) Tours were individual, not unit-based.
(d) Tours could be anywhere, not only the capital.

6. Who is Caspar Weinberger?
(a) Former Joint Chief.
(b) Former Secretary of State.
(c) Former Secretary of Defense.
(d) Former Vice President.

7. What stigma constitutes a gray atrocity?
(a) One in which both sides face civilian casualties.
(b) One in which loss of life is minimal.
(c) One in which individual soldiers act without orders.
(d) One in which lines between ally and enemy are gone.

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

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

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

11. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, which type of combatants are more prone than most to a powerful exhilaration stage?
(a) Marines.
(b) Navy seals.
(c) New grunts.
(d) Fighter pilots.

12. What unacceptable practice was included in military training in 1975?
(a) Rape.
(b) Torture of prisoners.
(c) Looting.
(d) Quick executions.

13. What mistaken impression did the ex-CIA officer whose story appears at the end of Chapter 1 have about his prisoner?
(a) He thought he was a relative.
(b) He thought he killed him.
(c) He thought he escaped.
(d) He thought he was an American.

14. In Chapter 5, to what group did the German defector interviewed switch?
(a) The German communists.
(b) The French resistance.
(c) The American intelligence community.
(d) The Red Army.

15. Which stage of the killing process did Eric - who shot a VC soldier while he was urinating - skip,as described in Chapter 2?
(a) Concern.
(b) Regret.
(c) Acceptance.
(d) Exhilaration.

Short Answer Questions

1. As related in Chapter 6, which catalyzing event occurred to Calley's platoon the day before the My Lai massacre?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the difference between military killing training and that provided by video games?

3. Which of the following is not a popular late Fifties novel or film that Grossman cites in Chapter 3 as a representation of a World War II vet?

4. Which of the following is not a symptom of PTSD?

5. What experience described at the end of Chapter 2 caused guilt in Sol, a World War II vet who did not take part in killing?

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