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

2. Which of the following is not a response to killing as described at the beginning of Chapter 1?
(a) Acceptance.
(b) Remorse.
(c) Denial.
(d) Rationalization.

3. Which of the following is not a symptom of PTSD?
(a) Intrusive dreams.
(b) Social withdrawal.
(c) Difficulty maintaining relationships.
(d) Bouts of vertigo.

4. In the anecdote of Chapter 5, what consequence does the German soldier who refuses to take part in an atrocity face?
(a) Summary execution.
(b) Court martial.
(c) Mockery.
(d) Forced labor.

5. In Chapter 2, what is a socially humiliating act regarding modern media?
(a) Crying during sappy moments.
(b) Believing the events of the film are real.
(c) Preferring older movies.
(d) Averting gaze during violence.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, what was the solution the American military's solution after World War II to many soldiers more willing to shoot?

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

3. In the Vet of the Year anecdote in Chapter 3, who did Dave use as an example of someone who did not kill but was still blamed?

4. What does Grossman credit with reducing the number of homicides in America in Chapter 1?

5. In Chapter 2, what advice do German World War I vets give World War II recruits?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Grossman apply the killing process to the national mood in Chapter 2?

2. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

3. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

4. In Chapter 6, what factors contribute to a soldier's decision to kill in the chart presented and discussed?

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

6. What surprising insight into Vietnam does RB Anderson make in Chapter 1?

7. How did John Foster rationalize killing a VC in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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