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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. At the beginning of World War II, aerial combat was regarded as exemplifying what obsolescent ideal?
(a) Honor.
(b) Chivalry.
(c) Dueling.
(d) Single combat.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Ernie Pyle's profession?

2. According to the author, rumors are best described as fulfilling what role?

3. Japanese troops were typically stereotyped as being what?

4. According to the author, before the outbreak of war, what did Americans expect their military performance to be like?

5. A blunder that causes one force to misidentify another, whether it be friendly or hostile, is called what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Once they were in the war, how did Americans believe they could win it?

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

3. What are recognition errors, and how are they caused?

4. What was the doctrine of precision bombing?

5. According to the author, why does the human mind crave narrative order?

6. What beliefs did American have about the Japanese going into the war, and how did those beliefs change?

7. What qualities epitomized the American forces prior to their entry into WWII?

8. According to the author, what is the result on the battlefield of the relatively young age of soldiers and the violence of warfare?

9. What types of hazing were most common?

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

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