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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 was the first crew-served weapon?
(a) The submarine.
(b) The artillery gun.
(c) The phalanx.
(d) The chariot.

2. At the end of Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe the power of the edged-weapon threat?
(a) Minimal.
(b) Sexual.
(c) Dainty.
(d) Savage.

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

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

5. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?
(a) Victim identifies with the hostage-take.
(b) Victim feels antipathy to the authorities.
(c) Hostage-taker feels antipathy to the victim.
(d) Hostage-taker identyifies with the victim.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Early in Chapter 2, Grossman quotes a researcher who say that most soldier's relationship with their comrades are stronger than with whom?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 8, what varies widely regarding those who recover from mental trauma after killing in combat?

4. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 1, what is not widely known about CW Whittlesley, the commander of the Lost Battalion?

5. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Grossman reveal to be the most shocking element of crimes in the beginning of Chapter 5?

9. How did military predictions regarding civilian bombings and psychiatric casualties prove completely wrong in World War II?

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

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