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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. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?
(a) Warfare.
(b) Humans.
(c) The twentieth century.
(d) America.

2. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?
(a) Rest.
(b) Victory.
(c) Nothing.
(d) New leadership.

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?
(a) Their numbers.
(b) Their equipment.
(c) Their morale.
(d) Their infrastructure.

4. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?
(a) Humanity.
(b) Vulnerability.
(c) Savagery.
(d) Interconnectedness.

5. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?
(a) 60.
(b) 150.
(c) 200.
(d) 10.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?

2. In Chapter 3, Grossman says what two stimuli most often impel soldiers to kill?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What surprising fact regarding soldier's fears in combat is revealed in Chapter 2?

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

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

5. What factors contribute to group absolution?

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

7. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

8. What is punishment justification?

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

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

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