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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hahn and Strassman (without Meitner) continue experiments with neutron bombardment of what element?

2. Who gets Enrico Fermi a meeting with Admiral Hooper, the Undersecretary of the Navy?

3. What is the specific topic of Bohr's controversial paper in 1913?

4. After World War I, the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge becomes the center for what science?

5. When does the Allied campaign at the Turkish Gallipoli Peninsula begin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between the atomic model of classical physics and Rutherford's model?

2. What is Albert Einstein's role in the initial contact between the nuclear scientists and President Roosevelt?

3. Why does the Fermi family have to leave Italy?

4. What are the three main themes of "The Protocols of he Elders of Zion"?

5. What is a cyclotron, who patents it, and who produces the first working model?

6. President Roosevelt wants policy considerations regarding the making of the atomic bomb limited to the "Top Policy Group". Who is in this group and who is excluded?

7. What is "Silverplate"?

8. Why is the neutron important to nuclear physics?

9. What is the topic for the seventh Solvay Conference in Brussels in 1933 and what is its relationship to George Gamow?

10. What project is code named Mike and where is it designed and tested?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the opinions of Dwight Eisenhower and Curtis LeMay, two military leaders of the time, about the use of the atomic bomb. One is involved in the European war and the other in the Pacific war. Does this make a difference?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Japanese determination never to surrender. Give examples from the war in the Pacific. What role does this play in the use of the atomic bomb?

Essay Topic 3

How are the target cities for the bombs chosen? What are the considerations that go into their choice? Why are Hiroshima and Nagasaki the final two choices?

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