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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. Which of the following is not an example provided in Chapter 2 of Vietnam's "dirty" combat?
2. Between 1970 and today, what increase has occurred in the number of imprisoned individuals per 100,000?
3. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what does the army use in rifle training?
4. In Vietnam, about how many sniper rounds did it take to kill one enemy soldier?
5. Which of the following is not a symptom of PTSD?
Short Essay Questions
1. What surprising insight into Vietnam does RB Anderson make in Chapter 1?
2. Describe the strange story of the CIA guard at the end of Chapter 1?
3. What evidence does Grossman provide that violence among youth has increased dramatically since the 1950s?
4. Which essential qualities makes a role model desirable as listed in Chapter 4?
5. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?
6. What changes have occurred in recent years to mitigate the psychiatric casualties of Vietnam?
7. Why was combat in Vietnam particularly dirty, as described in Chapter 2?
8. What are the defining characteristics of a natural warrior?
9. What factors traditionally assist in rationalization and acceptance after combat?
10. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, how can PTSD be treated effectively?
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
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 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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