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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 4, what distinction does Grossman make between social learning and the previous two types of conditioning?
(a) It is unique to primates.
(b) It must be perpetrated by a group.
(c) It is experienced by every person.
(d) It is inherently violent.

2. In Grossman's Chapter 2 trajectory of increasingly violent media, where do children go after cartoons?
(a) Violent music.
(b) PG-13 movies.
(c) Comic books.
(d) TV cop shows.

3. What does Grossman credit with reducing the number of homicides in America in Chapter 1?
(a) Gun control laws.
(b) Better medical technology.
(c) Community outreach.
(d) Improved economic conditions.

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

5. Which of the following is not an item that aids in rationalization and acceptance as delineated at the beginning of Chapter 2?
(a) Clearly defines safe areas.
(b) Decisive victory ceremony.
(c) Encouragement from the public.
(d) Monuments.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following theorists presents evidence concerning tactical attractiveness of a victim?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 5, Grossman calls a soldier's choice to participate in an atrocity a what?

3. As related in Chapter 6, which catalyzing event occurred to Calley's platoon the day before the My Lai massacre?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What warning about video games does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

7. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

8. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

9. What factors contribute to a soldier's decision to commit an atrocity?

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

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