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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. In Chapter 2, what is significant about the Civil War muskets examined by Grossman?
(a) They are loaded without powder.
(b) They are unloaded.
(c) They are loaded multiple times.
(d) They are loaded without pellets.

2. In the final story of Chapter 4, the one in which an American and Viet Cong soldier happen upon each other, who is killed?
(a) The Viet Cong.
(b) Neither man.
(c) Both men.
(d) The American.

3. Which of the following is not a component of Group Absolution as delineated in Chapter 1?
(a) Intensity of support to kill.
(b) Age of group members.
(c) Number in immediate group.
(d) Legitimacy of group.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?

2. What does Gossman say edged weapons produce effectively at the beginning of Chapter 5?

3. In Chapter 4, what World War II battle does Grossman cite as an example of hunger deciding combat?

4. Which of the following is not an animal that Grossman uses as an example of sexual dominating behavior at the beginning of Chapter 7?

5. In Chapter 3, Grossman says what two stimuli most often impel soldiers to kill?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the Lost Battalion's experience behind lines.

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

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

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

7. What does hard-to-soft mean?

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

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

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

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