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Tate has written other poems on the horrors of nuclear war. Compare his poem "Land of Little Sticks, 1945" from his collection Constant Defender with "Smart and Final Iris." What are the differences and similarities in how they describe scenarios for nuclear annihilation?

Conduct a survey of people over forty years old and under forty, asking them to what degree they believe a nuclear war is possible in their lifetime. Then, write an essay exploring what the answers have in common and how they differ. What conclusions can you draw from the responses?

Research and report on the current strategy of the United States for nuclear defense. Do you agree with it? Why or why not?

Assume you and a few classmates have been given the responsibility of drawing up a response and survival plan for your school in the event of a limited nuclear attack on...

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