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Nuclear Quiz

Test your knowledge on the Atomic Age by answering the 12 questions below, all based on material found in the Trinity special section articles. Then, for a bonus, try your Internet skills to answer the questions about the first movie monster of the Atomic Age!

  1. What was the fuel used in the first nuclear bomb test?

      a. Plutonium
      b. TNT
      c. Hydrogen
      d. Uranium

  2. What was the nickname of the airplane that dropped the first atomic bomb?

      a. Fat Man
      b. Enola Gay
      c. Little Boy
      d. Bock's Car

  3. Which president authorized creation of the atomic bomb?

      a. Harry Truman
      b. Franklin Roosevelt
      c. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower
      d. John Kennedy

  4. What was the code name of the project to develop the atomic bomb?

      a. Fat Man
      b. Operation Plowshare
      c. Trinity
      d. Manhattan

  5. What process generates the heat and energy in present day nuclear power plants?

      a. nuclear radiation
      b. nuclear fusion
      c. Uranium-238
      d. nuclear fission

  6. When was the last U.S. nuclear bomb test?

      a. 1987
      b. 1991
      c. 1964
      d. 1980

  7. How many nuclear power plants are in operation in the U.S.?

      a. 312
      b. 63
      c. 109
      d. 425

  8. How much natural radiation is the average person exposed to in a year?

      a. 36 millirems
      b. 5,000 millirems
      c. 250 millirems
      d. 360 millirems

  9. How much finished plutonium has been produced in the U.S.?

      a. 200 lbs.
      b. 2,000 lbs.
      c. 20,000 lbs.
      d. 200,000 lbs.

  10. How long does the EPA say it will take for nuclear power plant waste to decay to harmless levels of radiation?

      a. 100 years
      b. 1,000 years
      c. 10,000 years
      d. 100,000 years

  11. Who is known as the father of the hydrogen bomb?

      a. Robert Oppenheimer
      b. Alfred Nobel
      c. Edward Teller
      d. Harry Truman

  12. Where did the first atomic bomb test take place?

      a. Nevada
      b. New Mexico
      c. Yucca Mountain
      d. Lawrence Livermore Lab

Bonus Questions

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