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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 Chapter 1, what weapon does Grossman use as an example of a homemade killing implement?
2. Which of the following theorists presents evidence concerning tactical attractiveness of a victim?
3. In conditioning soldiers to fire quickly, what has the military not prepared them for?
4. In Chapter 5, what is another profession Grossman mentions that natural warriors often enter besides the military?
5. In Chapter 4, Grossman says that every veteran can immediately visualize his what?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Grossman in Chapter 3, what is the difference between military killing training and that provided by video games?
2. How did John Foster rationalize killing a VC in Chapter 1?
3. How does Grossman apply the killing process to the national mood in Chapter 2?
4. What hypothetical situation does Grossman relate in Chapter 3?
5. What changes have occurred in recent years to mitigate the psychiatric casualties of Vietnam?
6. Why was combat in Vietnam particularly dirty, as described in Chapter 2?
7. In Chapter 5, how does Grossman illustrate the danger of refusing to take part in an atrocity?
8. What is the Weinberger Doctrine?
9. What examples from Chapter 6 illustrate a problematic relationship with women in the military?
10. What are the three categories of atrocity as delineated in Chapter 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Perhaps the centerpiece of Grossman's research, the killing process, through which the author explains how a person chooses to kill and then processes the killing - or inability to kill - after, is the subject of most of the second half of the book. Write a three-part essay about this process:
Part 1) Begin the essay by discussing the steps in the killing process. Where does it begin and, ideally, how does a killer resolve the act and its emotional repercussions? Must a killer go through all of the steps in the process?
Part 2) Using the fallout of the Vietnam War as a model, discuss what happens when the latter steps of the process are stunted? What factors are key in allowing a killer to rationalize and accept that he has killed? How were these denied to Vietnam vets?
Part 3) At one point in ON KILLING, Dave Grossman applies the killing process to an entire culture, namely America after two wars of the twentieth century. Discuss the way America collectively processed killing after Hiroshima and the first Gulf War. How did this process affect American leadership?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the urge not to kill over the course of history. What evidence does Grossman provide that soldiers going back to the American Civil War have chosen not to kill even in the face of death by enemy fire? What tactics did these soldiers use to avoid killing? At what point in the history of the American military did the non-firing problem become readily apparent? How did the military react to this?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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