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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the military handle blunders that resulted in casualties?
(a) By attributing them to enemy action.
(b) By paying double insurance to grieving families.
(c) By covering them up.
(d) By ignoring them.

2. The author suggests that combat training replaces what other activity typical for young men?
(a) Work.
(b) Organized sports.
(c) Education.
(d) Dating.

3. The use of meaningless and tedious tasks as hazing would best be described as which of the following?
(a) Rare.
(b) Constant.
(c) Uncommon.
(d) Common.

4. What are the "Unread Books" to which Chapter 5's title alludes?
(a) The lives that dead soldiers never got to experience.
(b) The vague orders given to many officers.
(c) The stories about secret military plans.
(d) The lack of interest most officers had for their men.

5. In the iconic pre-war image discussed in Chapter 1, the soldiers are driving what sort of vehicle?
(a) A half-track.
(b) A jeep.
(c) Motorcycles.
(d) A tank.

6. German soldiers were typically stereotyped as being which of the following?
(a) Incredibly strong.
(b) Bloodthirsty berserkers.
(c) Unthinkingly loyal.
(d) Extremely stealthy.

7. The frequency of prostitution and ephemeral romantic relationships would best be described as which of the following?
(a) Rare.
(b) Constant.
(c) Infrequent.
(d) Almost non-existent.

8. Rumors about the axis frequently dealt with what subject?
(a) Their superior weaponry.
(b) Their combat prowess.
(c) Their atrocities.
(d) Their tenacity.

9. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways that most contemporaneous war histories depicted military blunders?
(a) Funny.
(b) Costly.
(c) Benign.
(d) Rare.

10. According to the author, what belief is typical of younger soldiers and not of older soldiers?
(a) They do not matter.
(b) They will almost certainly die.
(c) They will survive.
(d) They are the best soldiers in the war.

11. Even with advanced bombsights, bombs would routinely land how far away from their targets?
(a) Hundreds of feet.
(b) Thousands of yards.
(c) Hundreds of yards.
(d) Miles.

12. According to one rumor, female axis agents were sent to the allies with what?
(a) Concealable radios.
(b) Poison lipstick.
(c) Venereal diseases.
(d) Bombs.

13. How did the American media react to the image of many conscripts being drunkards?
(a) They ignored it.
(b) They tried to cover it up.
(c) They tried to counter it.
(d) They reported it gleefully.

14. According to the author, what was the typical age of a soldier for the allies in WWII?
(a) Twenty-one.
(b) Nineteen.
(c) Twenty-two.
(d) Twenty.

15. According to the author, what was the last war in which soldiers were at least theoretically thought of as unique individuals with distinct identities?
(a) World War I.
(b) The Crimean War.
(c) The American Civil War.
(d) The Spanish-American War.

Short Answer Questions

1. Copies of the New Testament were frequently altered in what way?

2. The author suggests that in warfare, blunders are how common?

3. Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons that armies historically favored younger soldiers?

4. Soldiers were often not given what type of information?

5. How important was a rumor's accuracy and predictive success for its tendency to spread?

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