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. What form of crime does Grossman indicate is skyrocketing at the beginning of Chapter 1?

2. What is different about the way the way the hypothetical World War II and Vietnam vets returned home in Chapter 3?

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

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

5. What unacceptable practice was included in military training in 1975?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 5, how does Grossman illustrate the danger of refusing to take part in an atrocity?

2. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?

3. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

4. How did John Foster rationalize killing a VC in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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