On Killing Test | 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. According to Grossman in Chapter 2, who is often given the cold shoulder in the military?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the immediate reaction to killing from a soldier?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 8, what varies widely regarding those who recover from mental trauma after killing in combat?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 4, an effective strategy in defeating an enemy's ability to make war is in destroying what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does hard-to-soft mean?

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

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

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

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

7. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

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

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

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

Write an essay about the root causes and addressing of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the American military? What step of the killing process is interrupted, leading to PTSD, and what factors are involved in this stunting of emotional processing? How does PTSD manifest itself? In what conflict did numbers of soldiers suffering from PTSD skyrocket? How long did it take the American military to address this concern, and what has been done?

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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