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. 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?
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
Near the end of the book, Grossman illustrates the hardship faced by Vietnam veterans with a hypothetical return home from the war. Write an essay analyzing this hypothetical. Which types of soldiers are represented in the scenario, and what other war veterans are they compared to? How are these two wars different from one another? Why is the Vietnam experience so much more conducive to PTSD?
Essay Topic 3
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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