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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. What belief about the Japanese caused Americans to think that their war with Japan would end quickly?
(a) They lacked discipline.
(b) They were inefficient soldiers.
(c) They were a backwards people.
(d) They had no heavy weapons or large ships.

2. According to the author, what was the unstated purpose of the use of inveterate profanity?
(a) To set officers apart since only they could use it.
(b) To differentiate officers and enlisted men.
(c) To demean enlisted men.
(d) To create camaraderie between officers and enlisted men.

3. Italians were considered to prefer which of the following to war?
(a) Women.
(b) The high-life.
(c) Diplomacy.
(d) Drinking.

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ernie Pyle was notable for taking great pains in his writing to list what?

2. What was the name of the technologically advanced bombsight used by American bombers?

3. The author compares military training to which of the following?

4. The presentation of the war by state and public media is best described as which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are the causes of the facelessness with with soldiers were treated in the second World War?

4. How and when was alcohol used as an anodyne?

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

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

7. What was the doctrine of precision bombing?

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

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

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

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