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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 7, what reason does Grossman give for the cultural separation between officers and enlisted men in the military?
(a) A way to encourage enlisted men to strive and advance.
(b) A means of maintaining a socioeconomic status quo.
(c) A means for instilling fear in the enlisted men.
(d) Allowing officers the separation to send men on dangerous missions.

2. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?
(a) Israel.
(b) Korea.
(c) France.
(d) The Soviet Union.

3. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?
(a) 25-30 percent.
(b) 5-10 percent.
(c) 15-20 percent.
(d) 35-40 percent.

4. Which of the following is not an option for a soldier in combat that Grossman lists in Chapter 1?
(a) Submit.
(b) Fight.
(c) Posture.
(d) Suicide.

5. Chapter 7 begins with several vets joking about raping and murdering which public figure?
(a) Hillary Clinton.
(b) Jane Fonda.
(c) Susan Sarandon.
(d) Gloria Steinem.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?

3. In Chapter 7, an anonymous soldier compares what horrific incident to masturbation?

4. In Chapter 2, what civilian activity does Grossman use to illustrate the distance-guilt relationship?

5. At the end of Chapter 6, Grossman says that what can provide a sudden injection of fortitude into a unit of men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

4. What does hard-to-soft mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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