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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In RB Anderson's excerpt in Chapter 1, what aspect of Vietnam does he claim non-vets do not understand?
(a) It was fun.
(b) The memories do not go away.
(c) His tour was a blur.
(d) He believed in the mission.

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

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

4. What cold consolation for Vietnam vets does Grossman acknowledge in Chapter 2?
(a) The successful political careers of several vets.
(b) The end of the draft.
(c) The changes to military training policy because of the war.
(d) The fall of the Soviet Union.

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

6. In Grossman's Chapter 2 trajectory of increasingly violent media, where do children go after cartoons?
(a) TV cop shows.
(b) PG-13 movies.
(c) Violent music.
(d) Comic books.

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

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

9. In the anecdote at the beginning of Chapter 3, what is the soldier surprised he did in his first firefight?
(a) Retreated.
(b) Engaged the enemy.
(c) Urinated on himself.
(d) Cried.

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

11. To what dystopian novel does Grossman compare military conditioning in Chapter 2?
(a) The Road.
(b) 1984.
(c) Clockwork Orange.
(d) Brave New World.

12. 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.

13. In Chapter 2, what advice do German World War I vets give World War II recruits?
(a) Kill any Russian you encounter.
(b) Do not distinguish between civilian and enemy.
(c) Go AWOL near the Swiss border.
(d) Surrender to the Americans.

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) Strength training.
(d) Army standards training.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. By 1971, what percentage of evacuations from Vietnam was related to psychiatric problems?

3. As described in Chapter 5, natural warriors are able to kill without what?

4. In what country did the case-study of Chapter 4 take place?

5. Which of the following is not a point of the Weinberger Doctrine?

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