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. In the beginning of Chapter 4, Grossman says the highest estimate for the number of Vietnam vets with PTSD is what?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what distinction does Grossman make between social learning and the previous two types of conditioning?

3. Which of the following is not a factor contributing to a soldier's compliance in an atrocity mentioned in Chapter 5?

4. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what does the army use in rifle training?

5. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, why is the struggle to train young men to kill a lopsided struggle?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the strange story of the CIA guard at the end of Chapter 1?

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

3. What factors does Grossman say are contributing to youth violence in Chapter 1?

4. What factors contribute to a soldier's decision to commit an atrocity?

5. What factors traditionally assist in rationalization and acceptance after combat?

6. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

7. How does Grossman apply the killing process to the national mood in Chapter 2?

8. Why was combat in Vietnam particularly dirty, as described in Chapter 2?

9. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

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

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

Near the end of the book, Grossman illustrates the hardship faced by Vietnam veterans with a hypothetical return home from the war. Write an essay analyzing this hypothetical. Which types of soldiers are represented in the scenario, and what other war veterans are they compared to? How are these two wars different from one another? Why is the Vietnam experience so much more conducive to PTSD?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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