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 Chapter 3, what does Grossman delineate as a voice of authority in modern youth killing?

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

3. In conditioning soldiers to fire quickly, what has the military not prepared them for?

4. When does a soldier's guilt following an atrocity become completely unavoidable?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 6, what factors contribute to a soldier's decision to kill in the chart presented and discussed?

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

5. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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

7. What solution did the American military devise to deal with low firing rates in World War II?

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

9. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the first sections of ON KILLING, Dave Grossman discusses how a myriad of causes are often cited for causing psychiatric casualties in combat. He goes through them an refutes all by the trauma of killing. Write a three part essay in which you discuss the argument for and against several of these potential causes. What effect does each cause have on a soldier in combat? How has this manifested itself in the field? What argument does Grossman use to refute the assertion that it is the primary cause of psychiatric casualties?

Part 1) Exhaustion.

Part 2) Fear.

Part 3) Hate.

Essay Topic 2

Early in the book, Grossman admits that he does not think women should work if they have children. Later in the text, he presents arguments that women do more damage in combat than good. Write an essay exploring the author's attitude toward women. What reasons does he cite for women to be left out of combat service? Are these arguments related tot heir abilities in there arena? Are then, in fact, judgments about male soldiers that fight with them? Do these arguments seem to be colored by Grossman's prejudices?

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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