On Killing Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dave Grossman (author)
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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

Much of Grossman's book is dedicated to explaining how the Vietnam War was rifer with psychiatric casualties than any previous war. Write an essay comparing the Vietnam conflict to previous conflicts in several regards. What factors were in play that made it more detrimental to servicemen? What support did they lack, on the whole? In essence, how did these failings manifest themselves, and have they since been addressed?

Part 1) Unit cohesion

Part 2) Mature, experienced leadership

Part 3) Public validation upon return

Essay Topic 2

One of the tools that Grossman uses incredibly effectively in ON KILLING is the anecdote. Frequently throughout the book, he will illustrate a trend denoted by statistics and data by incorporating an appropriate war story. In an essay, choose three such war stories and analyze them. What trend in warfare do they illustrate? How do they subvert the tradition of war stories? Do they add an emotional underpinning to the policy speak of the remainder of the text?

Essay Topic 3

Much of the last part of ON KILLING deals with comparing the way the military conditions soldiers and media conditions young people in America. Write an essay charting and analyzing this comparison. What are the means of traditional and conditioning in either arena? How do the authorities of the military training compare to those that young people in America listen to? What finer points does military training place on conditioning that the media in civilian life does not?

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