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Nuclear Quiz

True/False Questions

1. Radiation could mutate you, giving you deformities.

2. Sleeping next to someone most nights for a year results in a radiation dose of about the same as that from an X-ray of your hand.

3. A recent shipment of 1.5 tons of plutonium from France to Japan had the energy equivalent of about 1000 oil tanker shipments.

4. Some TVs and computer screens emit radiation that can cause cancer.

5. Many dentures are radioactive.

6. Irradiation of strawberries to retard spoilage causes the strawberries to be slightly radioactive.

7. Living one mile from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor during the accident would be more likely to cause your early death than being five pounds overweight.

8. Organically grown tomatoes are not radioactive.

9. Radioactive waste with a half life of one trillion years is even more dangerous and difficult to store or dispose of safely than is otherwise similar waste with a half life of 24,000 years.

10. The Chernobyl accident has resulted in deformed farm animals being born.

11. Transportation of fruits and vegetables will cause more deaths over the next 20 years than the transportation of nuclear waste.

12. A pound of plutonium dust dispersed over a city would likely cause over 100,000 deaths.

13. The Three-Mile Island nuclear reactor accident will ultimately result in over a thousand people dying of cancer.

Copyright © 1995 Jay W. Shelton.

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1. Radiation could mutate you, giving you deformities. F

2. Sleeping next to someone most nights for a year results in a radiation dose of about the same as that from an X-ray of your hand. T

3. A recent shipment of 1.5 tons of plutonium from France to Japan had the energy equivalent of about 1000 oil tanker shipments. T

4. Some TVs and computer screens emit radiation that can cause cancer. T

5. Many dentures are radioactive. T

6. Irradiation of strawberries to retard spoilage causes the strawberries to be slightly radioactive. F

7. Living one mile from the Chernobyl nuclear reactor during the accident would be more likely to cause your early death than being five pounds overweight. F

8. Organically grown tomatoes are not radioactive. F

9. Radioactive waste with a half life of one trillion years is even more dangerous and difficult to store or dispose of safely than is otherwise similar waste with a half life of 24,000 years. F

10. The Chernobyl accident has resulted in deformed farm animals being born. F

11. Transportation of fruits and vegetables will cause more deaths over the next 20 years than the transportation of nuclear waste. T

12. A pound of plutonium dust dispersed over a city would likely cause over 100,000 deaths. F

13. The Three-Mile Island nuclear reactor accident will ultimately result in over a thousand people dying of cancer. F

  

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