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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Suicidal act.
(d) Faustian bargain.

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

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

5. 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) Break their morale.
(d) Destroy their civilian support.

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

7. Which of the following theorists presents evidence concerning tactical attractiveness of a victim?
(a) Mashall.
(b) Milgram.
(c) Swank.
(d) Shalit.

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

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

10. In conditioning soldiers to fire quickly, what has the military not prepared them for?
(a) Dealing emotionally with killing.
(b) Returning to civilian life.
(c) Telling friend from foe.
(d) Defending against equally hostile fire.

11. In Vietnam, about how many sniper rounds did it take to kill one enemy soldier?
(a) 2.50.
(b) 1.39.
(c) 3.12.
(d) 1.

12. What story does Grossman end Chapter 4 with?
(a) A firebombing in the Pacific campaign.
(b) An interchange at a VFW hall.
(c) An Iraq vet's return home.
(d) A firefight in Vietnam.

13. Which of the following is not a means of recuperation Grossman endorses for PTSD in Chapter 3?
(a) Safe disclosure.
(b) Medication.
(c) Support groups.
(d) Bonding with vets.

14. In Chapter 1, what weapon does Grossman use as an example of a homemade killing implement?
(a) An IED.
(b) A sawed-off shotgun.
(c) A spring gun.
(d) A shiv.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why is the struggle to train young men to kill a lopsided struggle?

3. What does a drill instructor teach as the root of manhood?

4. In Chapter 5, to what group did the German defector interviewed switch?

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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