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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. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?
(a) Means.
(b) Opportunity.
(c) Motive.
(d) Fear.

2. According to the DSM, when is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder most severe?
(a) When the trauma was caused by a person.
(b) When it happens in wartime.
(c) When the victim was severely injured.
(d) When it happens in peacetime.

3. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?
(a) Organ failure.
(b) Ulcers.
(c) Body tremors.
(d) Involuntary urination.

4. 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) 50.
(c) 30.
(d) 10.

5. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) The Tuskegee Institute syphilis studies.
(b) The Stanford "prison" study.
(c) Pavlov's dog experiments.
(d) The Yale "electroshock" study.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?

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

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does enemy morale play in the choice to kill?

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

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

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

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

6. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

7. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

9. What factors contribute to group absolution?

10. Describe the Lost Battalion's experience behind lines.

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