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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 3, why is the struggle to train young men to kill a lopsided struggle?
(a) The army is poorly staffed and funded.
(b) Killing is against human instinct.
(c) Young men are naturally disposed to be aggressive.
(d) Armies have had thousands of years to develop.

2. As described in Chapter 5, natural warriors are able to kill without what?
(a) Weapons.
(b) Remorse.
(c) Nausea.
(d) Acknowledging it.

3. 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) Forced labor.
(c) Mockery.
(d) Court martial.

4. In the anecdote at the beginning of Chapter 3, what is the soldier surprised he did in his first firefight?
(a) Engaged the enemy.
(b) Cried.
(c) Urinated on himself.
(d) Retreated.

5. What story does Grossman end Chapter 4 with?
(a) A firefight in Vietnam.
(b) An interchange at a VFW hall.
(c) A firebombing in the Pacific campaign.
(d) An Iraq vet's return home.

Short Answer Questions

1. What public figure's death is referenced in the end of Chapter 2 to illustrate the relationship of nudity and violence?

2. In Chapter 6, Grossman indicates that an Islamic suicide bomber's authority figure is what?

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. To what does John Foster compare combat in Chapter 1?

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 5, what component separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

Short Essay Questions

1. What examples from Chapter 6 illustrate a problematic relationship with women in the military?

2. What evidence does Grossman provide that violence among youth has increased dramatically since the 1950s?

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

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

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

6. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

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

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

9. Why was combat in Vietnam particularly dirty, as described in Chapter 2?

10. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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