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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 7, an anonymous soldier compares what horrific incident to masturbation?
(a) The Cultural Revolution.
(b) The My Lai massacre.
(c) The Battle of Shiloh.
(d) The Katyn massacre.

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

3. Which Civil War officer does Grossman quote at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) McClellen.
(b) Jackson.
(c) Sherman.
(d) Pickett.

4. What did military analysts in World War II predict about the result of civilian bombings?
(a) Psychiatric casualties would be equal to those with soldiers.
(b) Psychiatric casualties would be fewer than with soldiers.
(c) Psychiatric casualties would be worse than with soldiers.
(d) Psychiatric casualties would be nonexistent.

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?
(a) The stategize behind lines.
(b) To reform the formation when someone fell.
(c) To fight with the men.
(d) The deliver orders.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?

2. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?

3. According to Grossman at the beginning of Chapter 5, what produces actual terror in really dangerous situations?

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?

5. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What societal and moral tenets cause guilt in an individual who has killed in a war?

2. What is punishment justification?

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

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

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

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

7. What does hard-to-soft mean?

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

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

10. What assertion regarding military psychiatrists does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 8?

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