The 'Star Trek' Prime Directive Quiz


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It is one of the most important rules in the Federation, guiding crews that encounter alien species. How much do you know about the 'Star Trek' Prime Directive?

The Prime Directive is also known as what?

It is also called the Non-Interference Directive


What is the purpose of the Directive?

Less advanced civilizations can careen out of control if they are abruptly confronted with new technologies and other species.


The Directive is primarily meant for civilizations at what level of development?

The Federation stresses that it does not want to affect the development of other cultures, particularly those of less advanced species.


The Directive indicates that crews are restricted from revealing WHAT to lesser civilizations?

Crews really aren't supposed to reveal much at all simply because no one knows what consequences might be for another culture.


In an episode titled "The Omega Glory," Captain Kirk said he would sacrifice WHAT rather than violate the Prime Directive?

He said giving up his life and his crew was a better option than violating the Directive.


The Directive isn't really applied consistently in every situation.

There are all sorts of loopholes and conditions to consider when faced with complicated inter-society interactions.


In what year did the Prime Directive officially go into effect?

By that time, Starfleet crews were already following the rule in spirit, but the Directive cemented the idea into the organization's guidelines.


If Starfleet officers decided to violate the Directive, how did ship logs reflect those decisions?

As such, officers were held accountable for making such extreme decisions.


How many episodes were aired before the Prime Directive's first mention?

From the very first season, the Directive became a guiding principle in the "Star Trek" stories.


Captain Picard said that the Prime Directive isn't just rules, it is also WHAT?

He went on to say that it is the "correct" philosophy, one that he fully believed in.


What was a potential consequence for officers who violated the Directive?

Or, they might just get a talking to -- it depended on just how severe the violation was.


Which Starfleet captain was the first to face a dilemma that required the guidance of some sort of directive for interacting with other species?

Without the aid of the Directive, he decides that Starfleet crews should not "play God" with other societies.


How did the Omega Directive affect the Prime Directive?

Omega particles or their production were too dangerous to ignore; crews were instructed to stop them at any cost.


The Federation never used the Directive when addressing which species?

In general, those species heavily involved with the Federation were essentially exempted from the Directive.


What were crews supposed to do if individuals or governments were already aware of other species and civilizations?

The Directive still applied even if parts of a population knew about alien worlds.


Which Starfleet member declared that the Prime Directive is "an absolute?"

Worf was not known for his moderate views.


What could a Starfleet crew do if they received a distress call from a less advanced civilization?

Officers were sometimes allowed to use their judgement in these situations.


How did General Order 24 affect the Prime Directive?

If a civilization threatens the Federation, captains may just be ordered to wipe them out.


The Prime Directive did NOT apply to which group?

But of course, Federation citizens didn't have much contact with unknown species.


The Prime Directive may have been inspired by which real-world event?

The quagmire of Vietnam may have been avoided if the U.S. had adopted its own Prime Directive.


How did the Directive allow for Starfleet to help civilizations escape horrible consequences of their own actions?

Crews were instructed to let societies suffer consequences, even if the Federation could have helped them.


Who first concocted the idea of the Prime Directive?

Coon was a producer for the first "Star Trek" series and probably came up with the idea.


Captain Picard said that history showed that when humans interfered with less advanced civilizations, the results were always WHAT?

It doesn't say much for our species that we always manage to wreck other up-and-coming societies.


Captain Kirk might make any exception to the Directive under what condition?

He also might interfere if a society had no chance of evolving to greater capabilities on its own.


At the end of which season is the Directive finally explicitly explained?

In episode 25, viewers finally find out how serious the Directive really is.


The Prime Directive is a fairly simple and straightforward order.

With nearly 50 suborders, it is rife with complications.


Benjamin Sisko was ordered to do everything but violate the Directive in order to bring which species into the Federation?

The species joined the Federation in 2376.


If a society contacted the Federation, an exception could be made to the Directive.

When a species directly addressed the Federation, there wasn't much use in ignoring them.


How do the Nibirans first realize evidence of alien life?

They come to believe that the Enterprise is some kid of god.


In one episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," it is noted that Starfleet has allowed what number of civilizations to perish rather than violate the Directive?

Sometimes the Directive takes precedence over the survival of a species.


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