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. Which of the following theorists presents evidence concerning tactical attractiveness of a victim?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 5, what component separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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

4. What animal was used in Skinner's conditioning experiment?

5. Who is Caspar Weinberger?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the defining characteristics of a natural warrior?

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

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

6. What evidence does Grossman provide that violence among youth has increased dramatically since the 1950s?

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

8. As described in Chapter 2, how do children progress through increasingly violent entertainment?

9. In Chapter 2, what does Grossman say an atrocity does to a combat unit's group dynamic?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Near the end of the book, Grossman illustrates the hardship faced by Vietnam veterans with a hypothetical return home from the war. Write an essay analyzing this hypothetical. Which types of soldiers are represented in the scenario, and what other war veterans are they compared to? How are these two wars different from one another? Why is the Vietnam experience so much more conducive to PTSD?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the last part of ON KILLING deals with comparing the way the military conditions soldiers and media conditions young people in America. Write an essay charting and analyzing this comparison. What are the means of traditional and conditioning in either arena? How do the authorities of the military training compare to those that young people in America listen to? What finer points does military training place on conditioning that the media in civilian life does not?

Essay Topic 3

In the first half of the book, Grossman discusses the gap in psychiatric casualties between combatants and noncombatants. Write an essay about this gap. What did the military predict regarding psychiatric casualties among the civilian population affected by bombing in World War II? Why does Grossman expect that these estimates proved to be wrong? Why did psychiatric casualties prove higher among civilians in concentration camps? What does all of this say about proximity and killing as factors in psychiatric casualties?

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