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

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

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

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

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. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, who is often given the cold shoulder in the military?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?

3. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?

4. What conversion did most military personnel make to their bayonets in combat?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

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

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

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

6. What factors contribute to group absolution?

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

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

9. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?

10. What inefficiency of edged-weapon combat does Grossman reveal in Chapter 5?

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