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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. During what component of military training is the most important conditioning happening according to Grossman in Chapter 1?
(a) Marksmanship training.
(b) Army standards training.
(c) Stamina training.
(d) Strength training.

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

3. How were tours of duty different in Vietnam compared to other wars?
(a) Tours were individual, not unit-based.
(b) Tours were 24 months instead of 12.
(c) Tours of duty were not voluntary.
(d) Tours could be anywhere, not only the capital.

4. What stigma constitutes a gray atrocity?
(a) One in which lines between ally and enemy are gone.
(b) One in which both sides face civilian casualties.
(c) One in which loss of life is minimal.
(d) One in which individual soldiers act without orders.

5. What mistaken impression did the ex-CIA officer whose story appears at the end of Chapter 1 have about his prisoner?
(a) He thought he was an American.
(b) He thought he escaped.
(c) He thought he killed him.
(d) He thought he was a relative.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As related in Chapter 5, Stellman and Stellman studied what?

3. To what dystopian novel does Grossman compare military conditioning in Chapter 2?

4. In the anecdote of Chapter 5, what consequence does the German soldier who refuses to take part in an atrocity face?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Which essential qualities makes a role model desirable as listed in Chapter 4?

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

7. Describe the strange story of the CIA guard at the end of Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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