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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. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?
(a) The stategize behind lines.
(b) To reform the formation when someone fell.
(c) The deliver orders.
(d) To fight with the men.

2. 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 psychopaths or sociopaths.
(b) They are often highly-educated.
(c) They are often insomniacs.
(d) They often commit suicide after regular combat ends.

3. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?
(a) Normandy.
(b) Stalingrad.
(c) Iwo Jima.
(d) Midway.

4. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?
(a) A Shiite backlash.
(b) Iranian influx.
(c) A Kurdish secession.
(d) A US invasion.

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?
(a) We have a history of domestic racial oppression.
(b) Our enemies and allies were the same race.
(c) Our military is multi-racial.
(d) We have not official language or religion.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?

3. How does the military normally deal with the problem of exhaustion in combat?

4. What conversion did most military personnel make to their bayonets in combat?

5. In Chapter 8, what term does Grossman use to refer to those who have killed in war?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What factors contribute to group absolution?

3. What does hard-to-soft mean?

4. What societal and moral tenets cause guilt in an individual who has killed in a war?

5. Why does the Vietnam Vet quoted in Chapter 7 choose to leave the army after six tours?

6. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?

7. What does Grossman reveal to be the most shocking element of crimes in the beginning of Chapter 5?

8. How is the dissuasive potential of familiarity discussed in Chapter 4?

9. What are the primary components of Exhaustion as outlined in Chapter 3?

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

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