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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. Near the end of Chapter 1, Grossman cites a political cartoon criticizing what American commander?
2. What does the small percentage of individuals that can sustain more than a few months duty without sustaining long-term mental damage have in common?
3. Which of the following is a component of Demands of Authority as delineated in Chapter 1?
4. What is the unifying element that links all of the coping tactics in Chapter 3?
5. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Grossman reveal to be the most shocking element of crimes in the beginning of Chapter 5?
2. How did military predictions regarding civilian bombings and psychiatric casualties prove completely wrong in World War II?
3. What role does enemy morale play in the choice to kill?
4. What assertion regarding military psychiatrists does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 8?
5. How does Grossman use his distance-guilt corollary to explain the oppression of the poor in Chapter 1?
6. What is the silent conspiracy does Grossman discuss in Chapter 4?
7. What is a crew-served weapon?
8. In Chapter 7, what comparison does Grossman draw between firing a gun and masturbation?
9. What factors contribute to group absolution?
10. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
A major subject and tonal shift occurs in the last third of ON KILLING when Dave Grossman turns his attention away from the military and toward civilian life. Write an essay about Grossman's opinions about modern American culture. How is the culture conditioning young people to be violent? How have traditional defenses against this deteriorated? What evidence does the author use to argue his points?
Essay Topic 3
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
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