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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 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?
(a) Corporate layoffs.
(b) Urban crime.
(c) Rape.
(d) Eating meat.

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

3. In the story at the beginning of Chapter 3, what percentage of soldiers questioned said they were certain they had killed even one enemy in combat?
(a) 20.
(b) 30.
(c) 50.
(d) 10.

4. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?
(a) Victim identifies with the hostage-take.
(b) Hostage-taker identyifies with the victim.
(c) Victim feels antipathy to the authorities.
(d) Hostage-taker feels antipathy to the victim.

5. What percentage of the population can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage?
(a) 13.
(b) 0.
(c) 2.
(d) 25.

Short Answer Questions

1. Early in Chapter 2, Grossman quotes a researcher who say that most soldier's relationship with their comrades are stronger than with whom?

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

3. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 7, how long can guilt over killing last?

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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the silent conspiracy does Grossman discuss in Chapter 4?

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

4. How did mechanical distance change the perception of war in the 1990's?

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

6. What is a crew-served weapon?

7. What is punishment justification?

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

9. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, how do soldiers deal with guilt and horror in combat?

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

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