On Killing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a component of killing that is covered in Chapter 4?

2. At the end of Chapter 4, what reason does Grossman give for the increase in firing and killing in recent wars?

3. What fear did Saddam Hussein seize upon to hold on to power, as discussed in Chapter 2?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?

5. What term arose in the early 1990's to describe the new fighting techniques seen in the Gulf War?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did mechanical distance change the perception of war in the 1990's?

2. What assertion regarding military psychiatrists does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 8?

3. What societal and moral tenets cause guilt in an individual who has killed in a war?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, how do soldiers deal with guilt and horror in combat?

5. Describe the Lost Battalion's experience behind lines.

6. How does the Yale electroshock study connect with Grossman's thesis in Chapter 1?

7. In Chapter 7, what comparison does Grossman draw between firing a gun and masturbation?

8. As discussed in Chapter 3, what is the emotional advantage of hand grenades?

9. What does Grossman reveal to be the most shocking element of crimes in the beginning of Chapter 5?

10. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of ON KILLING, Dave Grossman pointedly lists his conservative opinions and prejudices, saying he wants to be clear with the reader as to his natural inclinations from the start. How does this affect ones reading of the policy discussion that follows? Do these prejudices seem to affect his domestic recommendations more than his military recommendations? How so? What ideology is he espousing in the latter sections of the book?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the last part of ON KILLING deals with comparing the way the military conditions soldiers and media conditions young people in America. Write an essay charting and analyzing this comparison. What are the means of traditional and conditioning in either arena? How do the authorities of the military training compare to those that young people in America listen to? What finer points does military training place on conditioning that the media in civilian life does not?

Essay Topic 3

At one point in ON KILLING, Grossman discusses the three external concerns that affect a combatant's choice to kill. Write an essay analyzing these three concerns. W hat is the essence of each factor? What gives it its power over the potential killer? How effective is it in catalyzing the killing and in mitigating the guilt that follows? Cite an example of this type of factor that is used in the book.

Part 1) Voice of Authority

Part 2) Group Absolution

Part 3) Attractiveness of the Target

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