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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 occurs as a result of exhaustion after the 60-day mark of continuous combat?
(a) Narcolepsy.
(b) Hallucinations.
(c) Muscle atrophy.
(d) Death.

2. How many days can a soldier remain in combat before psychological trauma begins to manifest itself?
(a) 60.
(b) 200.
(c) 10.
(d) 150.

3. In Chapter 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?
(a) Rape.
(b) Urban crime.
(c) Corporate layoffs.
(d) Eating meat.

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what is the primary duty of the leader of a Greek phalanx?
(a) The stategize behind lines.
(b) The deliver orders.
(c) To reform the formation when someone fell.
(d) To fight with the men.

5. In the study cited by Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, what stimulus was applied to test dogs?
(a) Rotten food.
(b) Extreme cold.
(c) Electric shocks.
(d) Loud noises.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?

2. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?

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

4. What city did King Sennacherib destroy?

5. What great advance in military technology did Gustavus Adolphus create?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Grossman use his distance-guilt corollary to explain the oppression of the poor in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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