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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, most of the well-known novels about WWII are really about what?
(a) Officers.
(b) Discipline.
(c) Petty hazing.
(d) Boredom.

2. A blunder that causes one force to misidentify another, whether it be friendly or hostile, is called what?
(a) A recognition error.
(b) A target acquisition error.
(c) An intel-reconnaissance failure.
(d) An identification failure.

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

4. Copies of the New Testament were frequently altered in what way?
(a) By dyeing the pages red.
(b) By tearing out the book of Acts.
(c) By replacing their covers with canvas.
(d) By adding a steel backing to them.

5. What drink did German troops generally prefer?
(a) Whiskey.
(b) Bourban.
(c) Schnapps.
(d) Gin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did enlisted men require an "anodyne"?

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

3. The frequency of prostitution and ephemeral romantic relationships would best be described as which of the following?

4. According to a common stereotype, Chinese troops were consider to be what?

5. Talismans were believed to perform what function?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the American military cause reports of military blunders to be underplayed?

2. What types of rumors are sometimes believed by both sides?

3. What did Americans expect their participation in WWII to be like?

4. How and why did military and public authorities react to stereotyping of enemy forces?

5. How did soldiers think about women most of the time?

6. What types of hazing were most common?

7. What problems did American arms and armaments suffer from in the early parts of WWII?

8. What sort of information is regularly denied to the common soldier?

9. How was military jargon and vocabulary used to demean enlisted men?

10. What writer is a notable exception to the normal treatment of enlisted men, and how did he differ?

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