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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 5, Grossman calls a soldier's choice to participate in an atrocity a what?
(a) Surrender to fear.
(b) Fool's errand.
(c) Faustian bargain.
(d) Suicidal act.

2. Which of the following is not a popular late Fifties novel or film that Grossman cites in Chapter 3 as a representation of a World War II vet?
(a) The Best Years of Our Lives.
(b) Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.
(c) Revolutionary Road.
(d) Pride of the Yankees.

3. Birth of a Nation is widely credited with increasing what?
(a) The popularity of the Klan.
(b) Movie sales.
(c) The sale of fireworks.
(d) Military recruitment.

4. Where did the VFW Hall story at the beginning of Chapter 1 take place?
(a) Florida.
(b) New York.
(c) Ohio.
(d) Arkansas.

5. What experience described at the end of Chapter 2 caused guilt in Sol, a World War II vet who did not take part in killing?
(a) The Normandy landing.
(b) The bombardment of a Japanese island.
(c) The liberation of a concentration camp.
(d) The bombing of Nagasaki.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a means of recuperation Grossman endorses for PTSD in Chapter 3?

2. 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?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, who is manipulating the wills of American youth without their consent?

4. During what component of military training is the most important conditioning happening according to Grossman in Chapter 1?

5. Which of the following is not a response to killing as described at the beginning of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes have occurred in recent years to mitigate the psychiatric casualties of Vietnam?

2. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

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

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

5. What solution did the American military devise to deal with low firing rates in World War II?

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

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

8. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?

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

10. According to Grossman, why do young people idolize entertainment figures more than police and politicians?

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