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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the following is not a category of atrocity listed in Chapter 1?
2. In Chapter 5, to what group did the German defector interviewed switch?
3. According to Grossman in Chapter 6, why is a suicide bomber more effective than a traditional shooter?
4. In Chapter 5, how does Grossman describe natural warriors' attitudes toward less aggressive colleagues?
5. What is different about the way the way the hypothetical World War II and Vietnam vets returned home in Chapter 3?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
A major subject and tonal shift occurs in the last third of ON KILLING when Dave Grossman turns his attention away from the military and toward civilian life. Write an essay about Grossman's opinions about modern American culture. How is the culture conditioning young people to be violent? How have traditional defenses against this deteriorated? What evidence does the author use to argue his points?
Essay Topic 3
Much of the book is dedicated to the vast majority of soldiers that are naturally resistant to killing, but Grossman indicates that a small number of soldiers feel no remorse after killing. Write an essay about these natural warriors. What do they all have in common? How are their lives generally similar, and how do they interact with less aggressive combatants around them? What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?
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