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. What is different about the way the way the hypothetical World War II and Vietnam vets returned home in Chapter 3?
(a) The time it takes.
(b) The amount of killing they were asked to do.
(c) The race of the vets.
(d) The number that are alive.

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?
(a) A medic.
(b) A helicopter repairman.
(c) An ammo truck driver.
(d) A military reporter.

3. In the anecdote of Chapter 5, what consequence does the German soldier who refuses to take part in an atrocity face?
(a) Mockery.
(b) Forced labor.
(c) Summary execution.
(d) Court martial.

4. 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?
(a) Revolutionary Road.
(b) Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
(c) Pride of the Yankees.
(d) The Best Years of Our Lives.

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what was the solution the American military's solution after World War II to many soldiers more willing to shoot?
(a) More careful recruiting screening.
(b) An all-volunteer army.
(c) Psychological bombardment.
(d) Advances in rifle firing range.

6. In Chapter 2, what is a socially humiliating act regarding modern media?
(a) Crying during sappy moments.
(b) Averting gaze during violence.
(c) Preferring older movies.
(d) Believing the events of the film are real.

7. 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 escaped.
(b) He thought he was a relative.
(c) He thought he killed him.
(d) He thought he was an American.

8. As described in Chapter 5, natural warriors are able to kill without what?
(a) Remorse.
(b) Weapons.
(c) Nausea.
(d) Acknowledging it.

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

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

11. 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) Fear incarnate.
(c) An independent heart.
(d) Resistance to peer pressure.

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

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

14. Which of the following is not a symptom of PTSD?
(a) Difficulty maintaining relationships.
(b) Bouts of vertigo.
(c) Intrusive dreams.
(d) Social withdrawal.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 3, Grossman says the western-style shooting games are similar to what?

2. How were tours of duty different in Vietnam compared to other wars?

3. In Chapter 2, Grossman says the discussion of the killing process is most effective with which people?

4. In Chapter 5, what is another profession Grossman mentions that natural warriors often enter besides the military?

5. To what dystopian novel does Grossman compare military conditioning in Chapter 2?

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