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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. What reason is given in Bhagavad Gita to justify killing?
(a) All men are of the same Spirit.
(b) Killing is deliverance into heaven.
(c) Every man chooses his own death.
(d) Soldiers must kill or be killed.

2. In discussing the atavistic fervor of a mob early in Chapter 2, Grossman cites what recent genocide?
(a) Phillipines.
(b) Rwanda.
(c) Cambodia.
(d) East Timor.

3. Which of the following is not a sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?
(a) Sporadic Violence.
(b) Fatigue States.
(c) Obsessional and Compulsive States.
(d) Character Disorders.

4. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?
(a) A goodbye message.
(b) An address.
(c) A date.
(d) Blood.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What term does Grossman use in Chapter 6 to indicate the method one uses to kill in hand-to-hand-combat?

2. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?

3. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?

4. Which Roman leader and writer does Grossman quote in Chapter 4?

5. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does hard-to-soft mean?

9. How did military predictions regarding civilian bombings and psychiatric casualties prove completely wrong in World War II?

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

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