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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 conversion did most military personnel make to their bayonets in combat?
(a) They used the blunt end of them.
(b) They attached them upside down.
(c) They used them as hand weapons.
(d) They removed them completely.

2. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?
(a) Dead teenager slasher films.
(b) Miami Vice.
(c) Russ Meyer pictures.
(d) Girls-with-guns videos.

3. Which Civil War officer does Grossman quote at the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) McClellen.
(b) Jackson.
(c) Sherman.
(d) Pickett.

4. At the end of Chapter 4, what reason does Grossman give for the increase in firing and killing in recent wars?
(a) Military conditioning practices.
(b) Less close-raange combat.
(c) New weapons technology.
(d) The end of the draft.

5. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?
(a) Jungian therapy.
(b) Medication.
(c) Freudian therapy.
(d) Time away from combat.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?

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

4. With what term does Grossman describe the reticence of the military to discuss non-firing in Chapter 3?

5. Which Roman leader and writer does Grossman quote in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the silent conspiracy does Grossman discuss in Chapter 4?

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

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

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

5. What is punishment justification?

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

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

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

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

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

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