Nuclear Bomb Quiz
Nuclear power stands as one of humanity's greatest scientific achievements, as well as one of the greatest risk to its self-extermination. The power behind the nuclear bomb is as fascinating as it is terrifying, but what fuels its cosmic power? Fusion or fission or both? And what happens after the bomb is dropped?start quiz
Question 1 of 10
What war saw the first use of a nuclear weapon?
... The United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, during the final month of World War II.
Question 2 of 10
Nuclear fission involves which process?
... Nuclear fission involves splitting the nucleus of an atom into two smaller fragments with a neutron. This method usually involves isotopes of uranium or plutonium.
Question 3 of 10
If two atoms of hydrogen are brought together in nuclear fusion, what do they form?
... In nuclear fusion, two smaller atoms, usually hydrogen or hydrogen isotopes, come together to form a larger one (helium or helium isotopes). This is how the sun produces energy.
Question 4 of 10
What kind of bomb was "Little Boy"?
... "Little Boy" was a gun-triggered fission bomb.
Question 5 of 10
What was the name of the secret U.S. atomic bomb program?
... The Manhattan Project was the name of the secret U.S. program to develop the atomic bomb.
Question 6 of 10
What is the center of a bomb blast called?
... The center of the bomb blast is called the hypocenter or ground zero.
Question 7 of 10
What is radioactive fallout?
... Radioactive fallout refers to the clouds of fine radioactive dust particles and debris that fall back to the ground following a nuclear blast.
Question 8 of 10
Which of the following Japanese cities did not sustain an atomic blast at the close of World War II?
... Hiroshima and Nagasaki both sustained massive damage due to atomic blasts. Japan's capital, Tokyo, was spared.
Question 9 of 10
What is nuclear winter?
... In the nuclear-winter scenario, the widespread detonation of atomic weapons would raise great clouds of dust and radioactive material that would travel high into Earth's atmosphere and block out the sun. The weaker sunlight would lower the planet's surface temperature and hinder photosynthesis, resulting in the mass extinction of life.
Question 10 of 10
How high do temperatures at the hypocenter of an atomic blast reach?
... At the hypocenter of an atomic blast, everything is immediately vaporized by temperatures as high as 500 million degrees Fahrenheit (300 million degrees Celsius).
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