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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 sign of psychological trauma discussed in Chapter 1?
(a) Character Disorders.
(b) Sporadic Violence.
(c) Fatigue States.
(d) Obsessional and Compulsive States.

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

3. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?
(a) 50.
(b) 23.
(c) 10.
(d) 4.

4. In Chapter 3, an Israeli study says a hostage is much more likely to die if what?
(a) He is not allowed to use the bathroom.
(b) His head is hooded.
(c) He knows the hostage-takers' names.
(d) His hands are not bound.

5. Near the end of Chapter 1, Grossman cites a political cartoon criticizing what American commander?
(a) Sherman.
(b) Patton.
(c) LeMai.
(d) Grant.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?

3. Aside from officers, which individuals are often killed in combat for their toll on morale?

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

5. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

4. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

6. In Chapter 7, what comparison does Grossman draw between firing a gun and masturbation?

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

8. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

10. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, how do soldiers deal with guilt and horror in combat?

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