On Killing Test | Final Test - Easy

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

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

3. Which of the following theorists presents evidence concerning proximity of authority and peer groups?
(a) Shalit.
(b) Milgram.
(c) Swank.
(d) Marshall.

4. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what distinction does Grossman make between social learning and the previous two types of conditioning?
(a) It is unique to primates.
(b) It is experienced by every person.
(c) It is inherently violent.
(d) It must be perpetrated by a group.

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 could be anywhere, not only the capital.
(d) Tours were individual, not unit-based.

6. Which of the following is not a psychological process for enabling killing as set out in Chapter 1?
(a) Demystification of aparatuses.
(b) Operant conditioning.
(c) Imitation of vicarious role models.
(d) Classical conditioning.

7. According to Grossman in Chapter 6, why is a suicide bomber more effective than a traditional shooter?
(a) He can kill more victims before dying.
(b) He cannot retreat.
(c) He is less conspicuous.
(d) He will not lose his weapon.

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

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

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

11. Which of the following is not a factor contributing to a soldier's compliance in an atrocity mentioned in Chapter 5?
(a) Group absolution.
(b) Fear of terrorism.
(c) Racial hatred.
(d) Self-preservation.

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

13. Which of the following is not a point of the Weinberger Doctrine?
(a) Military should only be sent when vital interests are at stake.
(b) Soldiers must be armed with newest developed weaponry.
(c) Soldiers must be sent in sufficient numbers to accomplish goals.
(d) Military deployment should be a last resort.

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

15. As related in Chapter 6, which catalyzing event occurred to Calley's platoon the day before the My Lai massacre?
(a) A soldier tripped a booby trap.
(b) Calley's wife divorced him.
(c) The Golf of Tonkin incident occured.
(d) The platoon was ambushed by VC.

Short Answer Questions

1. What story does Grossman end Chapter 4 with?

2. 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?

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

4. What does Grossman credit with reducing the number of homicides in America in Chapter 1?

5. What percentage of the population qualifies as a natural warrior?

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