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 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?

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

3. Which of the following is not a stage of Stockholm Syndrome?

4. How many tours in Vietnam did the vet quoted in Chapter 7 serve before realizing that the killing urge was consuming him?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What surprising fact regarding soldier's fears in combat is revealed in Chapter 2?

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

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

4. How does Grossman use his distance-guilt corollary to explain the oppression of the poor in Chapter 1?

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

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

7. What is a crew-served weapon?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The likelihood of a soldier to kill in combat is markedly improved if he feels he is not the only culpable party to the killing. Write an essay about this diluting of guilt. What is group absolution, and what components of a group dynamic make it possible? Why is a soldier comforted by the sense that others around him are also killing? What is a crew-served weapon, and how is it effective in dispersing guilt for killing?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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