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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. What is the subject of the patent Leo Szilard gives to Lewis Strass as a memorial to Strauss' parents?

2. Bohr sets out the order of elements on the periodic table based on what part of the atom?

3. When does Ernest Lawrence win the Nobel Prize in Physics for producing a working model of the cyclotron?

4. What is the topic of Enrico Fermi's fundamental paper?

5. In 1939, who does Leo Szilard want to prevent from learning about nuclear fission?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "Silverplate"?

2. What is the "Pale of Settlement"?

3. What are "banzai charges"?

4. In 1939-1940, what does Robert Oppenheimer do that makes Robert Oppenheimer a true genius in the eyes of the author?

5. Who suggests the existence of the neutron and who works with him to prove it?

6. In the mid 1930's, what scientist does Leo Szilard team up with and what is the subject of their experiments?

7. In working on the problems with Rutherford's model of the atom, Bohr uses the works of two other scientists. Who are these two scientists?

8. Why is Hiroshima chosen to be the first target for the bomb?

9. What is Chaim Weizmann's discovery that helps the British war effort?

10. Under what circumstances is teflon developed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Potsdam Declaration. What is it? Who is involved? Given what is known at the time, is unconditional surrender the only choice? What is the Japanese response?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Robert Oppenheimer's role in the making of the atomic bomb. Be sure to Include his scientific accomplishments and his role at Los Alamos. Is the bomb built without him?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the various facilities involved with the Manhattan Project. Where are they located? Who operates them? What is their function? Are they all built at once?

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