1. Describe how Hitler’s anti-semitism policy was a major asset for the Allied powers’ efforts to develop a fission bomb.
2. Compare the concept of secrecy in government between 1) Hitler’s Germany, and 2) either Great Britain or the United States. To what extent did each of your two chosen country’s governmental structure affect its initial efforts to build an atomic bomb?
3. Compare the fission bomb effort and knowledge base of the British MAUD team with that of the U.S. fission researchers and the German researchers as of December, 1941.
4. Explain the importance of three of the following scientific contributions for the Manhattan Project: 1) the cyclotron; 2) Joliot-Curie discovery of artificial radioactivity; 3) Fermi’s neutron bombardment experiments in Italy; 4) the Hahn-Strassmann experiments and Frisch-Meitner calculations; 5) the discovery of plutonium.
PART III: ETHICS & VALUES Answer one of the two questions
5. Compare the ethical character and leadership abilities of three of these figures: Bohr, Heisenberg, Oppenheimer, Szilard.
6. Compare the personal values and motivating beliefs that Oppenheimer, Bethe, and Szilard brought to the Manhattan Project.