Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Chapter 2, what tactic does Grossman describe as key to training soldiers to fire in combat?
2. What famous study is cited at the beginning of Chapter 1?
3. At the end of Chapter 4, what physical reaction to exhaustion and hunger does Grossman cite?
4. With what term does Grossman describe the reticence of the military to discuss non-firing in Chapter 3?
5. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?
Short Essay Questions
1. What role does enemy morale play in the choice to kill?
2. What societal and moral tenets cause guilt in an individual who has killed in a war?
3. What is a crew-served weapon?
4. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.
5. As discussed in Chapter 3, what is the emotional advantage of hand grenades?
6. As described in Chapter 2, why are snipers given the cold shoulder in the military?
7. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?
8. Describe the Lost Battalion's experience behind lines.
9. What are the primary components of Exhaustion as outlined in Chapter 3?
10. What warning about video games does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 3?
Write an essay about the root causes and addressing of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the American military? What step of the killing process is interrupted, leading to PTSD, and what factors are involved in this stunting of emotional processing? How does PTSD manifest itself? In what conflict did numbers of soldiers suffering from PTSD skyrocket? How long did it take the American military to address this concern, and what has been done?
Much of Grossman's book is dedicated to explaining how the Vietnam War was rifer with psychiatric casualties than any previous war. Write an essay comparing the Vietnam conflict to previous conflicts in several regards. What factors were in play that made it more detrimental to servicemen? What support did they lack, on the whole? In essence, how did these failings manifest themselves, and have they since been addressed?
Part 1) Unit cohesion
Part 2) Mature, experienced leadership
Part 3) Public validation upon return
Write an essay about the urge not to kill over the course of history. What evidence does Grossman provide that soldiers going back to the American Civil War have chosen not to kill even in the face of death by enemy fire? What tactics did these soldiers use to avoid killing? At what point in the history of the American military did the non-firing problem become readily apparent? How did the military react to this?
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