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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 percentage of the population can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage?
(a) 13.
(b) 25.
(c) 2.
(d) 0.

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 8, what varies widely regarding those who recover from mental trauma after killing in combat?
(a) Desire for recovery.
(b) Outlet for recovery.
(c) Level of recovery.
(d) Time needed for recovery.

3. In Chapter 6, Grossman points out that hand-to-hand combat creates awareness of what?
(a) Interconnectedness.
(b) Savagery.
(c) Vulnerability.
(d) Humanity.

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?
(a) Depression.
(b) Denial.
(c) Euphoria.
(d) Confusion.

5. In regards to war, what group of people does Grossman say in Chapter 1 is most distanced in their decision-making?
(a) Generals.
(b) Contractors.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Petty officers.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 2, what is the most effective treatment for psychiatric casualties?

2. How does the military normally deal with the problem of exhaustion in combat?

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

4. In Chapter 7, Grossman says what has made killing easier for soldiers?

5. In Chapter 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?

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

4. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

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

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

8. How does the Yale electroshock study connect with Grossman's thesis in Chapter 1?

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

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

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