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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. What conversion did most military personnel make to their bayonets in combat?
2. What was the first crew-served weapon?
3. In Chapter 4, the story of the soldier who kills a young enemy and immediately breaks down crying takes place in what country?
4. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?
5. In Chapter 1, Grossman cites a study which says vets are most likely to fire when?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 4, what philosophical and literary justifications for killing does Grossman cite?
2. As described in Chapter 2, why are snipers given the cold shoulder in the military?
3. At the beginning of the book, what personal prejudices does Grossman admit to?
4. Describe the metaphor Grossman uses for fortitude in Chapter 6?
5. What is surprising about the study cited in Chapter 1 regarding what compels soldiers to shoot?
6. What societal and moral tenets cause guilt in an individual who has killed in a war?
7. How did military predictions regarding civilian bombings and psychiatric casualties prove completely wrong in World War II?
8. What surprising fact regarding soldier's fears in combat is revealed in Chapter 2?
9. How did mechanical distance change the perception of war in the 1990's?
10. What does Grossman reveal to be the most shocking element of crimes in the beginning of Chapter 5?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the first sections of ON KILLING, Dave Grossman discusses how a myriad of causes are often cited for causing psychiatric casualties in combat. He goes through them an refutes all by the trauma of killing. Write a three part essay in which you discuss the argument for and against several of these potential causes. What effect does each cause have on a soldier in combat? How has this manifested itself in the field? What argument does Grossman use to refute the assertion that it is the primary cause of psychiatric casualties?
Part 1) Exhaustion.
Part 2) Fear.
Part 3) Hate.
Essay Topic 2
Early in the book, Grossman admits that he does not think women should work if they have children. Later in the text, he presents arguments that women do more damage in combat than good. Write an essay exploring the author's attitude toward women. What reasons does he cite for women to be left out of combat service? Are these arguments related tot heir abilities in there arena? Are then, in fact, judgments about male soldiers that fight with them? Do these arguments seem to be colored by Grossman's prejudices?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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