On Killing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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. In what war did Lord Moran fight?

2. What term does Grossman use in Chapter 6 to indicate the method one uses to kill in hand-to-hand-combat?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 1, Grossman says he will only discover the distance guilt relationship as it concerns what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the silent conspiracy does Grossman discuss in Chapter 4?

2. How did mechanical distance change the perception of war in the 1990's?

3. What is punishment justification?

4. Describe the Lost Battalion's experience behind lines.

5. How does the Yale electroshock study connect with Grossman's thesis in Chapter 1?

6. What societal and moral tenets cause guilt in an individual who has killed in a war?

7. In Chapter 4, what philosophical and literary justifications for killing does Grossman cite?

8. What inefficiency of edged-weapon combat does Grossman reveal in Chapter 5?

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

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

Essay Topics

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

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 3

In the first section of ON KILLING, the author argues that the soldier has more options on a battlefield than simply fight or flight. In an essay, discuss these options and particularly the most common one taken: posture. Firstly, why is fight-or-flight not a legitimate choice in a fight between two humans? What other two options are open to humans in this case? What makes posturing such an attractive option, and how has the development of firearms only improved a soldier's ability to posture?

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