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

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

3. By the late 1990's, approximately how many Vietnam vets were suffering from PTSD?
(a) 75,000.
(b) 2,000,000.
(c) 600,000.
(d) 400,000.

4. 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?
(a) An all-volunteer army.
(b) Advances in rifle firing range.
(c) More careful recruiting screening.
(d) Psychological bombardment.

5. In Chapter 2, what advice do German World War I vets give World War II recruits?
(a) Kill any Russian you encounter.
(b) Do not distinguish between civilian and enemy.
(c) Go AWOL near the Swiss border.
(d) Surrender to the Americans.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does a soldier's guilt following an atrocity become completely unavoidable?

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

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 6, why is a suicide bomber more effective than a traditional shooter?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, what is the purpose of after-mission briefings in modern wars?

5. Which of the following is not a psychological process for enabling killing as set out in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, how can PTSD be treated effectively?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

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

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

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

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