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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 an animal that Grossman uses as an example of sexual dominating behavior at the beginning of Chapter 7?
(a) Gorilla.
(b) Orca.
(c) Ram.
(d) Stag.

2. In the beginning of Chapter 3, what does the Vietnam vet assume is on the back of the picture in Grossman's story?
(a) A goodbye message.
(b) Blood.
(c) A date.
(d) An address.

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

4. Which of the following is not an option for a soldier in combat that Grossman lists in Chapter 1?
(a) Submit.
(b) Posture.
(c) Fight.
(d) Suicide.

5. What is the unifying element that links all of the coping tactics in Chapter 3?
(a) Enibriation.
(b) Distance.
(c) Experience.
(d) Trance.

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. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?

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

5. In Chapter 1, Grossman reveals that the majority of active World War II soldiers did what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Vietnam Vet quoted in Chapter 7 choose to leave the army after six tours?

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

3. What options are open to soldiers in combat?

4. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?

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

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

7. What evidence does Grossman provide that violence among youth has increased dramatically since the 1950s?

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

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

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

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