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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?

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    British government report on the effects of nuclear explosions, 1954

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    British government report on the effects of nuclear explosions, 1954