Comprehension 1a Summarise the main ways in which an h bomb caused devastation. 1b What were the main differences between the effects of a ground burst and an air burst? 1c Explain how the weather could affect the results of a nuclear



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Comprehension

1a Summarise the main ways in which an H Bomb caused devastation.

1b What were the main differences between the effects of a ground burst and an air burst?

1c Explain how the weather could affect the results of a nuclear explosion.

Analysis and interpretation

1d Explain why radiation was so deadly.

1e Do you think that the British government really understood the weapons it was testing? Explain your answer.

1f Do you think it was likely that the US and USSR knew more or less about their testing programmes?

The Case Study question

Look at your answers to the questions on source 1.

Which question / questions does this source provide helpful information about?

Do you think you will use any extracts from this source in your soundtrack?


Comprehension

2a You work for a newspaper and you have just received this announcement. Write a main headline and a sub heading for an article based on this announcement.

Analysis and interpretation

2b What evidence is there that Source 1 may have influenced this document?

2c The British, US and USSR governments answered very few questions about their nuclear policies. If you had been a reporter at the time,

what questions would you have asked the government about this announcement?

which questions do you think they would have answered?

The Case Study question

Look at your answers to the questions on source 2.

Which question / questions does this source provide helpful information about?

Do you think you will use any extracts from this source in your soundtrack?


Comprehension

3a What did the British Prime Minister and US President Eisenhower agree in March 1960?

3b What were the advantages of Polaris?

Analysis and interpretation

3c Is the general tone of this source favourable towards Polaris?

3d The basic deal here is that US nuclear subs would use bases in Scotland. Do you think that would be controversial?

The Case Study question

Look at your answers to the questions on source 3.

Which question / questions does this source provide helpful information about?

Do you think you will use any extracts from this source in your soundtrack?


Comprehension

4a Name one Russian demand in the coming conference that was likely to cause disagreement.

4b Name one American demand in the coming conference that was likely to cause disagreement.

4c Does the Foreign Secretary seem concerned about the Russian plan? Explain your answer.

Analysis and interpretation

4d Look at section 4. Do you think the view of the Foreign Secretary is reasonable?

4e What do you think the Soviets would be saying about the US and British proposals?

The Case Study question

Look at your answers to the questions on source 4.

Which question / questions does this source provide helpful information about?

Do you think you will use any extracts from this source in your soundtrack?


Comprehension

5a What has Mr Khrushchev boasted of?

5b Does the writer of this note believe Khrushchev?

Analysis and interpretation

5c Would you say the writer of the note is absolutely sure about his conclusions on Khrushchev’s claim?

5d What does this source tell historians about the relations between the superpowers in 1964?

Think about what you can infer about spying

concerns about the other side’s technology.

The Case Study question

Look at your answers to the questions on source 5.

Which question / questions does this source provide helpful information about?

Do you think you will use any extracts from this source in your soundtrack?


Comprehension

6a Make a list of the main effects of a nuclear bomb blast.

6b Which of the effects is the most deadly?

6c What preparations has the government made?

6d What preparations does the government want ordinary people to make?

Analysis and interpretation

6e Look back at Source 1. Does this poster tell the public everything?

6f How effective do you think the civil defence measures would be?

6g Would this poster make you more or less concerned about the prospect of a nuclear war?

6h Some people saw the terrible effects of nuclear war as a reason to ban nuclear weapons. Others saw the effects as a reason to have them (to stop the other side using them). Which side do you support?

The Case Study question

Look at your answers to the questions on source 6.

Which question / questions does this source provide helpful information about?

Do you think you will use any extracts from this source in your soundtrack?



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