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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 inherently violent.
(b) It must be perpetrated by a group.
(c) It is experienced by every person.
(d) It is unique to primates.

2. Which of the following theorists presents evidence concerning proximity of authority and peer groups?
(a) Swank.
(b) Milgram.
(c) Shalit.
(d) Marshall.

3. Which stage of the killing process did Eric - who shot a VC soldier while he was urinating - skip,as described in Chapter 2?
(a) Regret.
(b) Exhilaration.
(c) Acceptance.
(d) Concern.

4. What story does Grossman end Chapter 4 with?
(a) An interchange at a VFW hall.
(b) A firefight in Vietnam.
(c) A firebombing in the Pacific campaign.
(d) An Iraq vet's return home.

5. As described in Chapter 5, natural warriors are able to kill without what?
(a) Nausea.
(b) Remorse.
(c) Weapons.
(d) Acknowledging it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is different about the way the way the hypothetical World War II and Vietnam vets returned home in Chapter 3?

2. In Chapter 2, what is a socially humiliating act regarding modern media?

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

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

5. What is a common feature of natural warriors presented in Chapter 5?

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

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

5. How did John Foster rationalize killing a VC in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

10. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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