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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. According to Grossman at the beginning of Chapter 5, what produces actual terror in really dangerous situations?
(a) Lack of control.
(b) Lack of order.
(c) Proximity to death.
(d) Proximity to human maliciousness.

2. What city did King Sennacherib destroy?
(a) Babylon.
(b) Jerusalem.
(c) Tehran.
(d) Alexandria.

3. As described in Chapter 4, how did German soldiers surrender at the end of World War II?
(a) Bowing to American tanks.
(b) Burning their uniforms.
(c) Singing the Star Spangled Banner.
(d) Holding out family pictures.

4. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?
(a) Stalingrad.
(b) Midway.
(c) Normandy.
(d) Iwo Jima.

5. In Chapter 8, what term does Grossman use to refer to those who have killed in war?
(a) Legalized perpetrators.
(b) Combat actives.
(c) Shooters.
(d) Noncriminal killers.

Short Answer Questions

1. In discussing the atavistic fervor of a mob early in Chapter 2, Grossman cites what recent genocide?

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

3. What occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?

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 3, an Israeli study says a hostage is much more likely to die if what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

3. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

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

6. What is punishment justification?

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

8. What does hard-to-soft mean?

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

10. What is a crew-served weapon?

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