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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. In his anecdote of Chapter 2, what event elicited surprisingly violent action from Richard Heckler?
(a) A long line at a supermarket.
(b) His wife leaving him.
(c) His mother's death.
(d) A mugging.

2. 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?
(a) A military reporter.
(b) A medic.
(c) A helicopter repairman.
(d) An ammo truck driver.

3. Which of the following is not a psychological process for enabling killing as set out in Chapter 1?
(a) Operant conditioning.
(b) Classical conditioning.
(c) Imitation of vicarious role models.
(d) Demystification of aparatuses.

4. Which of the following is an essential quality that makes a role model desirable as listed in Chapter 4?
(a) Similarity to learner.
(b) Identical nationality.
(c) Physical attractiveness.
(d) Widespread recognizability.

5. In Chapter 5, what is another profession Grossman mentions that natural warriors often enter besides the military?
(a) Construction.
(b) Law enforcement.
(c) Advertising.
(d) Professional sports.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, Grossman says that every veteran can immediately visualize his what?

2. Between 1970 and today, what increase has occurred in the number of imprisoned individuals per 100,000?

3. What cold consolation for Vietnam vets does Grossman acknowledge in Chapter 2?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What factors does Grossman say are contributing to youth violence in Chapter 1?

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

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

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