On Killing Test | Final 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. Which of the following is not a factor contributing to a soldier's compliance in an atrocity mentioned in Chapter 5?

2. Between 1970 and today, what increase has occurred in the number of imprisoned individuals per 100,000?

3. In the anecdote of Chapter 5, what consequence does the German soldier who refuses to take part in an atrocity face?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 5, Grossman calls a soldier's choice to participate in an atrocity a what?

5. What percentage of the population qualifies as a natural warrior?

Short Essay Questions

1. What warning about video games does Grossman make at the end of Chapter 3?

2. What changes have occurred in recent years to mitigate the psychiatric casualties of Vietnam?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, how can PTSD be treated effectively?

4. Which essential qualities makes a role model desirable as listed in Chapter 4?

5. Describe the strange dichotomy between nudity and killing in Western culture?

6. What are the three categories of atrocity as delineated in Chapter 1?

7. What examples from Chapter 6 illustrate a problematic relationship with women in the military?

8. What surprising insight into Vietnam does RB Anderson make in Chapter 1?

9. In Chapter 2, what does Grossman say an atrocity does to a combat unit's group dynamic?

10. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the difference between military killing training and that provided by video games?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point in ON KILLING, Grossman discusses the three external concerns that affect a combatant's choice to kill. Write an essay analyzing these three concerns. W hat is the essence of each factor? What gives it its power over the potential killer? How effective is it in catalyzing the killing and in mitigating the guilt that follows? Cite an example of this type of factor that is used in the book.

Part 1) Voice of Authority

Part 2) Group Absolution

Part 3) Attractiveness of the Target

Essay Topic 2

In the first section of ON KILLING, the author argues that the soldier has more options on a battlefield than simply fight or flight. In an essay, discuss these options and particularly the most common one taken: posture. Firstly, why is fight-or-flight not a legitimate choice in a fight between two humans? What other two options are open to humans in this case? What makes posturing such an attractive option, and how has the development of firearms only improved a soldier's ability to posture?

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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