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

2. Which of the following is not a component of Group Absolution as delineated in Chapter 1?
(a) Legitimacy of group.
(b) Number in immediate group.
(c) Age of group members.
(d) Intensity of support to kill.

3. Aside from officers, which individuals are often killed in combat for their toll on morale?
(a) Wives.
(b) Young recruits.
(c) Flagbearers.
(d) The elderly.

4. 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 often commit suicide after regular combat ends.
(c) They are often insomniacs.
(d) They are often highly-educated.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?

2. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?

3. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?

4. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?

5. What occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the defining characteristics of a natural warrior?

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

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

4. Describe the strange dichotomy between nudity and killing in Western culture?

5. Describe the strange story of the CIA guard at the end of Chapter 1?

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

7. What evidence does Grossman provide that violence among youth has increased dramatically since the 1950s?

8. In Chapter 6, what factors contribute to a soldier's decision to kill in the chart presented and discussed?

9. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?

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

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