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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Grossman cite at length in Chapter 5 as a perfect amalgamation of the effects of hate on psychological state?
(a) The Hanoi HIlton.
(b) The Andersonville Prison.
(c) The Holocaust.
(d) The Cambodian Killing Fields.

2. How does the military normally deal with the problem of exhaustion in combat?
(a) Boot camp prep.
(b) Field manuals.
(c) Vitamin supplements.
(d) Extra rations.

3. During World War I, what was the favored weapon of American servicemen for killing enemy combatants?
(a) Rifles.
(b) Bayonet.
(c) Mines.
(d) Grenades.

4. In the mythology cited at the end of Chapter 7, who is born of the marriage of Aries and Aphrodite?
(a) Harmonia.
(b) Persephone.
(c) Athena.
(d) Nyx.

5. What does the small percentage of individuals that can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage have in common?
(a) They are often highly-educated.
(b) They often commit suicide after regular combat ends.
(c) They are often insomniacs.
(d) They are often psychopaths or sociopaths.

Short Answer Questions

1. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?

2. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?

3. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?

4. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?

5. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did mechanical distance change the perception of war in the 1990's?

2. In Chapter 4, what philosophical and literary justifications for killing does Grossman cite?

3. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

4. As described in Chapter 2, why are snipers given the cold shoulder in the military?

5. What assertion regarding military psychiatrists does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 8?

6. In Chapter 7, what comparison does Grossman draw between firing a gun and masturbation?

7. How does Grossman use his distance-guilt corollary to explain the oppression of the poor in Chapter 1?

8. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, how do soldiers deal with guilt and horror in combat?

9. Describe the metaphor Grossman uses for fortitude in Chapter 6?

10. What is a crew-served weapon?

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