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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where were Eugene Wigner and Leo Szilard both born?
(a) Hungaria.
(b) Switzerland.
(c) Sweden.
(d) Norway.

2. Who was the British Colonel that relayed Poulsson's mission regarding the Vemork power plant?
(a) Colonel Scott Miller.
(b) Colonel Brehon Somervell.
(c) Colonel Richard Brennan.
(d) Colonel John Wilson.

3. What was the actual name of the training school nicknamed by the Germans as the "International Gangster School"?
(a) Werner Underground Training Facility.
(b) Special Training School No. 3.
(c) The Los Alamos Ranch School.
(d) MI-5.

4. When did the Briggs Advisory Committee on Uranium hold its first meeting?
(a) October 11, 1939.
(b) October 21, 1939.
(c) September 1, 1939.
(d) May 22, 1940.

5. How old was Jens Poulsson when he was chosen as the leader of a special mission to attack the Vemork power plant?
(a) 19.
(b) 24.
(c) 32.
(d) 29.

6. How old was Colonel Leslie Groves when he was selected to oversee the bomb project?
(a) 46.
(b) 29.
(c) 51.
(d) 39.

7. When did Robert Oppenheimer abandon his date in a car, according to the author in "Skinny Superhero"?
(a) September, 1933.
(b) July, 1941.
(c) February, 1934.
(d) March, 1932.

8. Where did Semyon Semyonov earn an engineering degree?
(a) Harvard University.
(b) The University of New York.
(c) The University of California, Berkeley.
(d) The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

9. How many years of evidence was Harry Gold racing to destroy in the Prologue?
(a) 4 years of evidence.
(b) 17 years of evidence.
(c) 12 years of evidence.
(d) 20 years of evidence.

10. Where was Knut Haukelid born?
(a) Paris, France.
(b) Brooklyn, New York.
(c) Chicago, Illinois.
(d) Oslo, Norway.

11. When General Groves first met with the Uranium Committee members in Chicago, how much uranium did they tell him it would take to make an atomic bomb?
(a) Between 100 and 150 pounds.
(b) Between 500 and 1,000 pounds.
(c) Between 10 and 1,000 pounds.
(d) Between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds.

12. Why did Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt agree to combine their resources and work on atomic weapons in the United States?
(a) Because Britain was about to ally with Germany.
(b) Because the United States had the advantage of top scientists.
(c) Because Britain was inundated with Soviet spies.
(d) Because Britain was under attack from German bombers.

13. Near what town was the Vemork power plant located?
(a) Haugesund, Norway.
(b) Zurich, Switzerland.
(c) Rjukan, Norway.
(d) Grimstad, Norway.

14. What was Poulsson's answer to the pre-arranged security question, "What did you see walking down the Strand in the early hours of January 1, 1941?"
(a) "A tank rolling down the street."
(b) "Two dogs in a boat."
(c) "A beaver on a dam."
(d) "Three pink elephants."

15. Where did Robert Oppenheimer work as a theoretical physicist and professor of physics in the 1930s?
(a) The University of Chicago.
(b) The University of California, Berkeley.
(c) Princeton University.
(d) The University of Wisconsin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What building had Colonel Leslie Groves overseen the construction of before he was selected to oversee the bomb project?

2. Where did Tom Black arrange for Harry Gold to take a job in Jersey City in 1933?

3. Who did Peter Ivanov send to talk to Robert Oppenheimer and feel out his Communist sensibilities at Berkeley?

4. Why was the Manhattan Project given this code name?

5. How old was Harry Gold when World War II began?

(see the answer keys)

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