Wild World: Biological and Chemical Warfare Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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When did countries start using lethal chemical concoctions and hazardous viruses, bacteria and toxins as weapons? Where do they come from? You're about to enter the world of biological and chemical warfare.

When were chemical weapons first used?

Chemical weapons were first used in World War I, and the nations of the world quickly and uniformly decided that these weapons went too far.


What was the first chemical weapon used effectively in battle?

The first chemical weapon used effectively in battle was chlorine gas, which burns and destroys lung tissue.


What chemical agent did the group Aum Shinrikyo release into the Tokyo subway system in 1995?

In 1995, the group Aum Shinrikyo released sarin gas in the Tokyo subway, wounding thousands and killing 12 people.


Which potential biological weapon has been eradicated from the natural world?

The smallpox virus was a major killer until it was controlled with vaccinations in the 20th century. It has been eradicated in the natural world, but some fear terrorists could use laboratory strains as a biological weapon.


What kind of biological agent is anthrax?

Anthrax is a bacteria.


Which of these potential biological weapons could be ideal for targeting the food supply?

Foot-and-mouth disease has recently been a huge problem in Europe. Spreading the disease to the United States would be relatively easy and very disruptive.


Which chemical agent can be made from a common kitchen condiment?

Most municipal water systems use chlorine today to kill bacteria. It's easy to manufacture from common table salt.


What kind of warfare are you engaged in when you use insecticide against lawn pests?

Many chemical weapons use ingredients found in insecticides. When you spray your lawn or garden with insecticide, you're basically waging a chemical war against backyard bugs.


What delivery system did the Europeans use to wage biological warfare in the 18th century?

In the 18th century, American Indians were infected with smallpox through donated blankets.


Which chemical weapon plays a central role in the 1996 film "The Rock"?

"The Rock" featured a scenario in which terrorists tried to launch a missile loaded with the chemical VX, a nerve toxin.


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