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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. Which of the following does the author not list as a cause of the increasing lack of individuality with which solders were treated?
(a) The ideological nature of the war.
(b) Huge numbers of casualties.
(c) Constant flow of reinforcements.
(d) Military training.

2. How long did most Americans believe the war would last?
(a) A year.
(b) Three years.
(c) Six months.
(d) A few months.

3. Soldiers in their thirties were often called what?
(a) Old man.
(b) Grizzly.
(c) Gramps.
(d) Pop.

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

5. What was one of the most routine ways that enlisted men dealt with the hazing they received from officers?
(a) By insulting officers openly.
(b) By sabotaging the officers' interests.
(c) By fighting amongst themselves.
(d) By complaining to higher ranking officers.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, the hazing of enlisted men by officers would best be described as which of the following?

2. Compared with the enlisted men, officers would best be described as which of the following?

3. According to the author, most of the well-known novels about WWII are really about what?

4. How old were axis soldiers compared to allied soldiers?

5. In general, why was the stereotyping of enemy forces condoned and encouraged?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the doctrine of precision bombing?

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

6. Why have nearly all nations historically favored younger soldiers?

7. According to the author, how common are military blunders and what are their causes?

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

9. What problems did the doctrine of precision bombing face?

10. Why is purpose difficult to see or non-existent in war?

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