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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 Chapter 2, Grossman indicates that committing an atrocity can cause what within a group?
2. Between 1970 and today, what increase has occurred in the number of imprisoned individuals per 100,000?
3. During what component of military training is the most important conditioning happening according to Grossman in Chapter 1?
4. In his anecdote of Chapter 2, what event elicited surprisingly violent action from Richard Heckler?
5. According to Grossman in Chapter 6, why is a suicide bomber more effective than a traditional shooter?
Short Essay Questions
1. What solution did the American military devise to deal with low firing rates in World War II?
2. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?
3. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the difference between military killing training and that provided by video games?
4. Which essential qualities makes a role model desirable as listed in Chapter 4?
5. What factors contribute to a soldier's decision to commit an atrocity?
6. In Chapter 5, how does Grossman illustrate the danger of refusing to take part in an atrocity?
7. What factors does Grossman say are contributing to youth violence in Chapter 1?
8. What are the defining characteristics of a natural warrior?
9. As described in Chapter 2, how do children progress through increasingly violent entertainment?
10. What factors traditionally assist in rationalization and acceptance after combat?
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
Perhaps the centerpiece of Grossman's research, the killing process, through which the author explains how a person chooses to kill and then processes the killing - or inability to kill - after, is the subject of most of the second half of the book. Write a three-part essay about this process:
Part 1) Begin the essay by discussing the steps in the killing process. Where does it begin and, ideally, how does a killer resolve the act and its emotional repercussions? Must a killer go through all of the steps in the process?
Part 2) Using the fallout of the Vietnam War as a model, discuss what happens when the latter steps of the process are stunted? What factors are key in allowing a killer to rationalize and accept that he has killed? How were these denied to Vietnam vets?
Part 3) At one point in ON KILLING, Dave Grossman applies the killing process to an entire culture, namely America after two wars of the twentieth century. Discuss the way America collectively processed killing after Hiroshima and the first Gulf War. How did this process affect American leadership?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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