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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. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?
(a) The twentieth century.
(b) Humans.
(c) Warfare.
(d) America.

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, why is it easy for the wealthy to oppress the poor without feeling guilt?
(a) Theydo not consider the poor people.
(b) They do not see the effects of the oppression.
(c) The wealthy do not feel guilt.
(d) They think they are helping to motivate the poor to work.

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

4. What term does Grossman use in Chapter 6 to indicate the method one uses to kill in hand-to-hand-combat?
(a) Breath and blood.
(b) Deflect and deliver.
(c) Always on top.
(d) Hard to soft.

5. What did military analysts in World War II predict about the result of civilian bombings?
(a) Psychiatric casualties would be nonexistent.
(b) Psychiatric casualties would be worse than with soldiers.
(c) Psychiatric casualties would be fewer than with soldiers.
(d) Psychiatric casualties would be equal to those with soldiers.

Short Answer Questions

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

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 combat, Grossman says in Chapter 4 that the two entities individuals most want to defend are what?

4. In the Crimean War anecdote in Chapter 1, what do the soldiers do when confronted with an enemy at ten paces?

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 7, how long can guilt over killing last?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 4, what philosophical and literary justifications for killing does Grossman cite?

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

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

6. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

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

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

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

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