On Killing Test | Final Test - Medium

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

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

3. 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) An ammo truck driver.
(c) A medic.
(d) A helicopter repairman.

4. At the beginning of Chapter 5, Grossman calls a soldier's choice to participate in an atrocity a what?
(a) Surrender to fear.
(b) Suicidal act.
(c) Fool's errand.
(d) Faustian bargain.

5. In Vietnam, about how many sniper rounds did it take to kill one enemy soldier?
(a) 3.12.
(b) 1.
(c) 2.50.
(d) 1.39.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a factor contributing to a soldier's compliance in an atrocity mentioned in Chapter 5?

2. Which of the following is not an item that aids in rationalization and acceptance as delineated at the beginning of Chapter 2?

3. What percentage of the population qualifies as a natural warrior?

4. In Grossman's Chapter 2 trajectory of increasingly violent media, where do children go after cartoons?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

7. What surprising insight into Vietnam does RB Anderson make in Chapter 1?

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

9. What are the three categories of atrocity as delineated in Chapter 1?

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

(see the answer keys)

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