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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. In Chapter 7, what does Grossman cite as a powerful examine of of link between violence and sex in popular culture?

2. According to Grossman at the end of Chapter 5, on which individual are the affects of horror in combat most psychologically damaging?

3. In the World War II stories of Chapter 4, what do soldiers do to avoid killing?

4. What does Grossman cite at length in Chapter 5 as a perfect amalgamation of the effects of hate on psychological state?

5. In the story at the beginning of Chapter 3, what percentage of soldiers questioned said they were certain they had killed even one enemy in combat?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, how do soldiers deal with guilt and horror in combat?

2. How was the Roman centurion model more effective than the Greek phalanx, according to Grossman?

3. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does the Vietnam Vet quoted in Chapter 7 choose to leave the army after six tours?

9. What is punishment justification?

10. What role does enemy morale play in the choice to kill?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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?

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