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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. At the end of Chapter 8, what does Grossman say psychiatrists need to explore to treat traumatized servicemen?

3. Early in Chapter 2, Grossman quotes a researcher who say that most soldier's relationship with their comrades are stronger than with whom?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why would racially and ethnically dominant rhetoric by American leaders have been unhelpful in the Iraq War?

5. According to Chapter 4, warfare is the process of giving individuals the means for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Vietnam story of Chapter 4.

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

3. In Chapter 7, what comparison does Grossman draw between firing a gun and masturbation?

4. As discussed in Chapter 3, what is the emotional advantage of hand grenades?

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

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

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

10. What is punishment justification?

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

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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