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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 3, Grossman says the western-style shooting games are similar to what?
(a) A police shooting training.
(b) A real wartime firefight.
(c) A carnival game.
(d) A paintball competition.

2. By 1971, what percentage of evacuations from Vietnam was related to psychiatric problems?
(a) 12.
(b) 28.
(c) 50.
(d) 75.

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

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

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

6. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, who is manipulating the wills of American youth without their consent?
(a) The military.
(b) Entertainment figures.
(c) Their teachers.
(d) Communists.

7. At the beginning of Chapter 5, Grossman calls a soldier's choice to participate in an atrocity a what?
(a) Surrender to fear.
(b) Fool's errand.
(c) Faustian bargain.
(d) Suicidal act.

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

9. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why is the struggle to train young men to kill a lopsided struggle?
(a) The army is poorly staffed and funded.
(b) Young men are naturally disposed to be aggressive.
(c) Killing is against human instinct.
(d) Armies have had thousands of years to develop.

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

11. In Chapter 3, what does Grossman delineate as a voice of authority in modern youth killing?
(a) Gang leaders.
(b) Media.
(c) Peers.
(d) Parents.

12. In Vietnam, about how many rounds did it take to kill one enemy soldier?
(a) 2,000.
(b) 150.
(c) 50,000.
(d) 11,000./

13. What percentage of the population qualifies as a natural warrior?
(a) About 6 percent.
(b) About 2 percent.
(c) About 25 percent.
(d) About 10 percent.

14. During what component of military training is the most important conditioning happening according to Grossman in Chapter 1?
(a) Stamina training.
(b) Marksmanship training.
(c) Army standards training.
(d) Strength training.

15. In Chapter 4, Grossman says that every veteran can immediately visualize his what?
(a) President.
(b) C.O.
(c) Rifle.
(d) Drill instuctor.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does John Foster compare combat in Chapter 1?

2. By the late 1990's, approximately how many Vietnam vets were suffering from PTSD?

3. In the anecdote at the beginning of Chapter 3, what is the soldier surprised he did in his first firefight?

4. In conditioning soldiers to fire quickly, what has the military not prepared them for?

5. When does a soldier's guilt following an atrocity become completely unavoidable?

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