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Dave Grossman (author)
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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. According to Grosman in Chapter 5, why do combatants choose the slash rather than thrust with edged weapons?

3. Which of the following is not a component of Group Absolution as delineated in Chapter 1?

4. In the World War II study cited in Chapter 1, how much would soldier firing decrease when leadership was not nearby?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the dissuasive potential of familiarity discussed in Chapter 4?

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

3. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

4. As described in Chapter 2, why are snipers given the cold shoulder in the military?

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

6. Describe the metaphor Grossman uses for fortitude in Chapter 6?

7. What are the primary components of Exhaustion as outlined in Chapter 3?

8. How did military predictions regarding civilian bombings and psychiatric casualties prove completely wrong in World War II?

9. At the beginning of the book, what personal prejudices does Grossman admit to?

10. What is punishment justification?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the first half of the book, Grossman discusses the gap in psychiatric casualties between combatants and noncombatants. Write an essay about this gap. What did the military predict regarding psychiatric casualties among the civilian population affected by bombing in World War II? Why does Grossman expect that these estimates proved to be wrong? Why did psychiatric casualties prove higher among civilians in concentration camps? What does all of this say about proximity and killing as factors in psychiatric casualties?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Near the end of ON KILLING, Dave Grossman turns his concern from military policy to policy related to the private sector, particularly the entertainment industry. Write an essay in three parts about the recommendations Dave Grossman makes regarding the world of entertainment:

Part 1) What does Dave Grossman have to say about the world of print media? Does he think that it has any effect on the youth of America, one way or another? Based upon this opinion, does Grossman suggest any major alteration to the way it goes about delivering its product?

Part 2) What recommendation does Grossman make regarding the film industry and television? Discuss the dueling concerns that the author acknowledges these industries have and the responsibilities they share. What defense does he offer against shouts that he is censoring art with these recommendations?

Part 3) In summing up his arguments regarding the entertainment industry, why is Grossman confident that these changes will go into effect? Does he think the public will demand them, and why? How does reformation constitute a public emergency in his opinion?

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