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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. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?
(a) 5-10 percent.
(b) 25-30 percent.
(c) 35-40 percent.
(d) 15-20 percent.

2. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?
(a) The past history of each man.
(b) The history of military psychology.
(c) The effects of killing.
(d) The clinical definition of PTSD.

3. What term arose in the early 1990's to describe the new fighting techniques seen in the Gulf War?
(a) Calling-card war.
(b) Telegraph war.
(c) Nintendo war.
(d) Mail-order war.

4. In discussing the atavistic fervor of a mob early in Chapter 2, Grossman cites what recent genocide?
(a) Phillipines.
(b) Rwanda.
(c) East Timor.
(d) Cambodia.

5. In the final story of Chapter 4, the one in which an American and Viet Cong soldier happen upon each other, who is killed?
(a) The American.
(b) Neither man.
(c) Both men.
(d) The Viet Cong.

Short Answer Questions

1. Near the end of Chapter 1, Grossman cites a political cartoon criticizing what American commander?

2. In Chapter 7, Grossman says what has made killing easier for soldiers?

3. According to Chapter 4, warfare is the process of giving individuals the means for what?

4. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?

5. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Lost Battalion's experience behind lines.

2. What is surprising about the study cited in Chapter 1 regarding what compels soldiers to shoot?

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

4. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

6. How does the Yale electroshock study connect with Grossman's thesis in Chapter 1?

7. What factors contribute to group absolution?

8. As discussed in Chapter 3, what is the emotional advantage of hand grenades?

9. What inefficiency of edged-weapon combat does Grossman reveal in Chapter 5?

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

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