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Questions About Nuclear Weapons

  1. What does the abbreviation SLBM stand for?
  2. In operation from 1968 until 1996, which missile system did Trident replace?
  3. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 1-month, 4 day confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States in which year?
  4. By July 1945, which 'project' had produced two types of atomic bombs: "Fat Man" and "Little Boy"?
  5. What sort of cloud is most commonly associated with a nuclear explosion?

  6. What was the acronym of the first agreement during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union to limit their nuclear arsenals?
  7. India conducted its first nuclear test, code-named Smiling Buddha, in which decade?
  8. After the fall of the Soviet Union, three of its former territories were left in possession of nuclear weapons - which three?
  9. In 2003 which country withdrew from the Nonproliferation Treaty?
  10. In June 1980, two RAF bases were selected for American Cruise Missiles - RAF Molesworth was one, can you name the other?
  11. Who is often referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb"?
  12. The United Kingdom conducted its first nuclear test in 1952 at Montebello Islands off the coast of which country?
  13. Which primary nuclear-capable missile of the United States Army was named after the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I?
  14. In 2006, which country tested a nuclear weapon for the first time in the Hamgyong Mountains?
  15. Which country announced in 2018 that it will pursue nuclear weapons in the event of a successful Iranian nuclear test?
  16. In February 1960, in which large geographical area did France test its first nuclear weapon?
  17. What term was coined in 1962 by Donald Brennan, a strategist working in Herman Kahn's Hudson Institute?
  18. The United States openned up a test site for nuclear weapons in which state in 1951?
  19. On 10 July 1985, which ship was destroyed on its way to the Murorua Atoll to protest French nuclear tests?
  20. Which country ended its nuclear weapons programme in 1989 and dismantled all of its six bombs?
  21. In 1954, the United States detonated its first deliverable thermonuclear weapon at which atoll in the Marshall Islands?
  22. What is the name of the of the LGM-30G missile, as of 2021, the only land-based ICBM in service in the United States?
  23. In Russia, what is the Cheget?
  24. How many Vanguard-class submarines able to deliver nuclear warheads does Britain have in its navy?
  25. How many countries have nuclear weapons?
  26. What nuclear processes, in simple terms, is the division of one atom into two?
  27. What is the more common name for a radiological dispersal device, which is a weapon that combines radioactive material with conventional explosives?


  1. Submarine-launched ballistic missile
  2. Polaris
  3. 1962
  4. Manhattan Project
  5. Mushroom cloud
  6. SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)
  7. 1970s (1974)
  8. Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine
  9. North Korea
  10. RAF Greenham Common
  11. Robert Oppenheimer
  12. Australia
  13. Pershing
  14. North Korea
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Sahara desert (but also accept Algeria)
  17. Mutual assured destruction, or "MAD"
  18. Nevada
  19. Rainbow Warrior
  20. South Arica
  21. Bikini Atoll
  22. Minuteman (Minuteman III)
  23. The Russian's 'nuclear briefcase' (used to authorise the use of nuclear weapons, usually kept near the leader of a nuclear power)
  24. Four
  25. Nine (United States, Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel (unofficially), and North Korea)
  26. Fission
  27. Dirty bomb

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