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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. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why is the struggle to train young men to kill a lopsided struggle?
(a) Armies have had thousands of years to develop.
(b) Young men are naturally disposed to be aggressive.
(c) Killing is against human instinct.
(d) The army is poorly staffed and funded.

2. In Chapter 5, to what group did the German defector interviewed switch?
(a) The German communists.
(b) The American intelligence community.
(c) The French resistance.
(d) The Red Army.

3. Between which two stages of the killing process is a murder-suicide fluctuating, as described in Chapter 2?
(a) Remorse and rationalization.
(b) Exhilaration and revulsion.
(c) Killing and remorse.
(d) Concern and acceptance.

4. Which of the following is not a category of atrocity listed in Chapter 1?
(a) Black.
(b) Gray.
(c) Red.
(d) White.

5. What animal was used in Skinner's conditioning experiment?
(a) Monkeys.
(b) Humans.
(c) Dogs.
(d) Rats.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In World War II, only 15-20 percent of riflemen made it past which stage of killing?

4. In Chapter 2, what advice do German World War I vets give World War II recruits?

5. Which stage of the killing process did Eric - who shot a VC soldier while he was urinating - skip,as described in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the defining characteristics of a natural warrior?

4. In Chapter 5, how does Grossman illustrate the danger of refusing to take part in an atrocity?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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