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 Grossman's Chapter 2 trajectory of increasingly violent media, where do children go after cartoons?

2. In Vietnam, about how many rounds did it take to kill one enemy soldier?

3. In Chapter 2, Grossman indicates that committing an atrocity can cause what within a group?

4. Who is Caspar Weinberger?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, how can PTSD be treated effectively?

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

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 separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the book is dedicated to the vast majority of soldiers that are naturally resistant to killing, but Grossman indicates that a small number of soldiers feel no remorse after killing. Write an essay about these natural warriors. What do they all have in common? How are their lives generally similar, and how do they interact with less aggressive combatants around them? What separates a natural warrior from a psychopath?

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

A major subject and tonal shift occurs in the last third of ON KILLING when Dave Grossman turns his attention away from the military and toward civilian life. Write an essay about Grossman's opinions about modern American culture. How is the culture conditioning young people to be violent? How have traditional defenses against this deteriorated? What evidence does the author use to argue his points?

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