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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 the World War II stories of Chapter 4, what do soldiers do to avoid killing?
(a) Pretend to be dead.
(b) Sleep.
(c) Surrender to German troops.
(d) Smoke cigarettes.

2. What term does Grossman use in Chapter 6 to indicate the method one uses to kill in hand-to-hand-combat?
(a) Breath and blood.
(b) Hard to soft.
(c) Deflect and deliver.
(d) Always on top.

3. In the study cited by Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, what stimulus was applied to test dogs?
(a) Extreme cold.
(b) Electric shocks.
(c) Rotten food.
(d) Loud noises.

4. What occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?
(a) Death.
(b) Hallucinations.
(c) Muscle atrophy.
(d) Narcolepsy.

5. According to Chapter 4, warfare is the process of giving individuals the means for what?
(a) Strategic superiority.
(b) Courage.
(c) Destruction.
(d) Self-actualization.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?

3. In the Crimean War anecdote in Chapter 1, what do the soldiers do when confronted with an enemy at ten paces?

4. Which of the following is not an animal that Grossman uses as an example of sexual dominating behavior at the beginning of Chapter 7?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

3. What factors contribute to group absolution?

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

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

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

7. How does the Yale electroshock study connect with Grossman's thesis in Chapter 1?

8. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

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

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