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

2. In terms of effective leadership, what disadvantage do mercenaries and gang leaders have?
(a) They do not have formal education or training.
(b) They traditionally do not work their way through the ranks.
(c) They are asking their men to commit illegal acts.
(d) Their men traditionally try to unseat them.

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

4. What does Grossman cite at length in Chapter 5 as a perfect amalgamation of the effects of hate on psychological state?
(a) The Hanoi HIlton.
(b) The Cambodian Killing Fields.
(c) The Andersonville Prison.
(d) The Holocaust.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What percentage of casualties did cannon fire comprise in many Civil War battles?

4. What did military analysts in World War II predict about the result of civilian bombings?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the metaphor Grossman uses for fortitude in Chapter 6?

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

5. What inefficiency of edged-weapon combat does Grossman reveal in Chapter 5?

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

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

8. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

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

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