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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. Where does John von Neumann go in 1930 when he leaves Germany?

2. The title of this chapter comes from what philosopher's writings?

3. What is hailed as the beginning of true nuclear physics?

4. In the early 1900's, who do the Jewish commercial elite ally with, creating a large class of ennobled Jews?

5. What instrument does Frisch use to prove the nucleus splits?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is J.J. Thompson's contribution to physics?

2. What is the German Kristallnacht?

3. Who are referred to as the "Men from Mars" in the title of Chapter Five and why? You do not have to name them.

4. What does Albert Einstein, who leaves Germany, want to do for displaced German scientists?

5. What is the character of Budapest in the early 1900's?

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

7. What two scientists come to Berkeley in 1928-1929 and what do they develop?

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

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

10. What is "Silverplate"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What leads to President Truman's decision to use the atomic bomb? Discuss the military, political and scientific considerations.

Essay Topic 2

The American atomic bomb building project gets bogged down in bureaucracy. How does the program get jump started? Who are the major people involved? What ware the historical events involved? Is there support in the United States for the program?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the scientists involved with the making of the atomic bomb in the United States are refugees from Europe. Choose three of these refugee scientists. Discuss why they leave their homeland , how they arrive in the United States and what their role is in the making of the bomb.

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