On Killing Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. By the late 1990's, approximately how many Vietnam vets were suffering from PTSD?

2. Who is Caspar Weinberger?

3. In what country did the case-study of Chapter 4 take place?

4. Between 1970 and today, what increase has occurred in the number of imprisoned individuals per 100,000?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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

9. According to Grossman, why do young people idolize entertainment figures more than police and politicians?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the beginning of ON KILLING deals with the issue of non-firers, a concern the military did not realize it had until after World War II and has been struggling to deal with effectively since. Write an essay in three parts dealing with non-firers and the military's response to them:

Part 1) Approximately what percentage of soldiers in World War II never fired their weapons? Discuss why, from a noncombatant's point-of-view, this seems absurd. What were these soldiers risking by not firing, and what sort of essential drive compelled them to risk this?

Part 2) Discuss the examples given from Rhodesia, the American Civil War, and the two World Wars that countless of soldier chose not kill. What kind of attitude was taken by fellow soldiers to non-killers? Why was the American military surprised by the firing rate of World War II?

Part 3) Upon learning of the low firing rate in World War II, the military made increasing this rate a top priority. What tactics did they use to do this, and how successful were they? How did this success manifest itself in Vietnam, and how was the process refined after Vietnam?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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