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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 2, Grossman indicates that committing an atrocity can cause what within a group?
(a) Dissent.
(b) Mass battle fatigue.
(c) Closer bonding.
(d) Identification with the enemy.

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, what is the purpose of after-mission briefings in modern wars?
(a) Reinforcing the rightness of their combat.
(b) Sharing best practices.
(c) Allowing a cool-down period for soldiers.
(d) Researching the stressors most affecting men.

3. Which stage of the killing process did Eric - who shot a VC soldier while he was urinating - skip,as described in Chapter 2?
(a) Acceptance.
(b) Concern.
(c) Exhilaration.
(d) Regret.

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 6, why is a suicide bomber more effective than a traditional shooter?
(a) He cannot retreat.
(b) He can kill more victims before dying.
(c) He will not lose his weapon.
(d) He is less conspicuous.

5. Which of the following is not an example provided in Chapter 2 of Vietnam's "dirty" combat?
(a) Killing women and children.
(b) Killing up close.
(c) Burning down civilian homes.
(d) Encroaching into neighboring countries.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not an example of an earlier, less-detrimental media monster listed in Chapter 2?

2. In Grossman's Chapter 2 trajectory of increasingly violent media, where do children go after cartoons?

3. What form of crime does Grossman indicate is skyrocketing at the beginning of Chapter 1?

4. Between which two stages of the killing process is a murder-suicide fluctuating, as described in Chapter 2?

5. In the beginning of Chapter 4, Grossman says the highest estimate for the number of Vietnam vets with PTSD is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. As described in Chapter 2, how do children progress through increasingly violent entertainment?

2. What factors does Grossman say are contributing to youth violence in Chapter 1?

3. What factors traditionally assist in rationalization and acceptance after combat?

4. What are the defining characteristics of a natural warrior?

5. In Chapter 5, how does Grossman illustrate the danger of refusing to take part in an atrocity?

6. What are the three categories of atrocity as delineated in Chapter 1?

7. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the difference between military killing training and that provided by video games?

8. How does Grossman explain murder-suicide in terms of the killing process in Chapter 2?

9. Describe the strange dichotomy between nudity and killing in Western culture?

10. In Chapter 2, what does Grossman say an atrocity does to a combat unit's group dynamic?

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