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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. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?
(a) The effects of killing.
(b) The clinical definition of PTSD.
(c) The past history of each man.
(d) The history of military psychology.

2. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?
(a) Civilian.
(b) POW.
(c) Combatant.
(d) Correspondant.

3. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?
(a) Allowing officers the separation to send men on dangerous missions.
(b) A means of maintaining a socioeconomic status quo.
(c) A means for instilling fear in the enlisted men.
(d) A way to encourage enlisted men to strive and advance.

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?
(a) Euphoria.
(b) Confusion.
(c) Depression.
(d) Denial.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why do most soldiers refuse to discuss their aversion to killing?

3. What was the first crew-served weapon?

4. Freud, as quoted in Chapter 1, stresses the ascendancy of man's desire to what?

5. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the primary components of Exhaustion as outlined in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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