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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. Which of the following is a component of Demands of Authority as delineated in Chapter 1?
(a) Weaponry possessed by commander.
(b) Personal relationship with commander.
(c) Number of orders given.
(d) Intensity of demand to kill.

2. What great advance in military technology did Gustavus Adolphus create?
(a) The portable cannon.
(b) The automatic rifle.
(c) The chain gun.
(d) The black powder rifle.

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

4. In Chapter 8, what term does Grossman use to refer to those who have killed in war?
(a) Combat actives.
(b) Legalized perpetrators.
(c) Noncriminal killers.
(d) Shooters.

5. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?
(a) It can be done while moving.
(b) It creates a radius of safety.
(c) It is a simpler motion.
(d) It wounds rather than kills.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?

2. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?

3. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?

4. During World War I, what was the favored weapon of American servicemen for killing enemy combatants?

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of the book, what personal prejudices does Grossman admit to?

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

3. What role does enemy morale play in the choice to kill?

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

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

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

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

8. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

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

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

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