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1 What fraction of the world's electricity was produced by nuclear power in 2012?


2 How does Wikipedia assess the prospects of commercial fusion power production before 2050?


3 In terms of lives lost per unit of energy generated, evidence suggests that nuclear power has caused ______ fatalities per unit of energy generated than the other major sources of energy.


4 According to Wikipedia, the amount of green house gasses associated with the construction and maintenance of nuclear power plants is ________ than the emissions associated with other renewable sources (wind, solar, and hydro power.)

about the same

5 Estimates of additional nuclear generating capacity to be built by 2035 fell by ______ percent after the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011.


6 From the figure depicting percentage of power produced by nuclear power plants, we see that the proper ranking from greatest to least reliance on nuclear power for three nations is

France, United States, with Turkey least reliant.
France ,Turkey , with the United States least reliant.
United States, France, with Turkey least reliant.
United States, Turkey, France least reliant.

7 It was discovered that radioactive elements released immense amounts of energy according to the principle of mass–energy equivalence in the ______

late 19th century
early 20th century
early 19th century

8 Chadwick's discovery of the neutron was significant because neutrons

are an excellent fuel for nuclear power
are not radioactive
can be used to create radioactive material at a low price

9 Ernest Rutherford's "moonshine" was

what called neutrons
what he called the idea of harnessing nuclear power
what he called the idea of relying on fossil fuels
what he called alpha particles

10 Chadwicks discovery of the neutron was significant because

neutrons permit induced radiation
neutrons are stable
neutrons are slow

11 Neutrons and protons both have "strong" short range interactions with the nucleus. Why can't slow protons be used to cause nuclei to undergo fission?

protons are positively charged
slow protons can induce fission but they are too expensive to produce
slow protons are attracted to the nucleus
protons move at the speed of light

12 Fermi used _______ to create what he thought was _______

slow neutrons;   "moonshine"
"moonshine";   fast neutrons
slow neutrons;   a new element heavier than uranium (called a transuranic element)
transuranic (heavy) elements;   a new source of slow neutrons

13 Fermi thought he had discovered ________, when he actually discovered ________

fusion;   hesparium
hesperium;   fission
hesperium;   fusion
fission;   hesparium

14 Which was developed first, nuclear power generation or nuclear weapons?

they were developed simultaneously
nuclear weapons
nuclear power generation

15 The Manhattan project made

plutonium and enriched hesparium
plutonium and enriched uranium
uranium and enriched plutonium

16 The Atomic Age, published in 1945, predicted ...

nuclear war
a world government to prevent nuclear war
that fossil fuels would go unused
widespread radiation poisoning

17 In 1953, "Atoms for Peace" was

a presidential speech warning of the need for nuclear arms agreements
a congressional committee
a protest movement centered in US universities
a presidential speech promoting nuclear energy production

18 The first nuclear power plant to contribute to the grid was situated in

Oak Ridge
Great Britain

19 According to Wikipedia, the prediction made in 1954 that electricity would someday be "too cheap to meter" was

an argument that fossil fuels are so abundant that we don't need nuclear energy
an effort to promote nuclear fission as an energy source
an effort to promote nuclear fusion as an energy source

20 The third worst nuclear disaster occurred in Russia (1957) and was kept secret for 30 years


21 More US nuclear submarines sank due to nuclear accidents than did Russian submarines


22 The worst nuclear disaster on record occurred in Russia


23 The worldwide number of nuclear reactors and their net capacity grew steadily from 1960, and

fluctuated randomly but with a strong correlation with the world economy and price of oil
leveled off between Three Mile Island (1979) and Chernobyl (1986).
did not begin to level off until Chernobyl (1986)
briefly fell sharply after Three Mile Island (1979), rose again, and again fell after Chernobyl (1986)