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 is not a means of recuperation Grossman endorses for PTSD in Chapter 3?

2. According to Grossman in Chapter 6, why is a suicide bomber more effective than a traditional shooter?

3. According to Grossman in Chapter 1, which type of combatants are more prone than most to a powerful exhilaration stage?

4. To what dystopian novel does Grossman compare military conditioning in Chapter 2?

5. What was new about the enemy composition in Vietnam as opposed to previous wars?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the strange dichotomy between nudity and killing in Western culture?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Near the end of ON KILLING, Dave Grossman turns his concern from military policy to policy related to the private sector, particularly the entertainment industry. Write an essay in three parts about the recommendations Dave Grossman makes regarding the world of entertainment:

Part 1) What does Dave Grossman have to say about the world of print media? Does he think that it has any effect on the youth of America, one way or another? Based upon this opinion, does Grossman suggest any major alteration to the way it goes about delivering its product?

Part 2) What recommendation does Grossman make regarding the film industry and television? Discuss the dueling concerns that the author acknowledges these industries have and the responsibilities they share. What defense does he offer against shouts that he is censoring art with these recommendations?

Part 3) In summing up his arguments regarding the entertainment industry, why is Grossman confident that these changes will go into effect? Does he think the public will demand them, and why? How does reformation constitute a public emergency in his opinion?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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