The Morality of Unconventional Weapons in War


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Which of these is NOT an unconventional weapon?

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1. Which of these is most likely to use an unconventional weapon as a deterrent?

2. What was the largest use of unconventional weapons in history?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As times and technologies change, so too does warfare. This has been the case throughout history, but it also raises many ethical issues pertaining to the use of unconventional weapons in war. This assessment will go over some facts about these issues, such as historical examples of unconventional weapons and reasons unconventional weapons might be used.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • What is and is not an unconventional weapon
  • Countries most likely to use unconventional weapons
  • Historical examples of unconventional weapon usage
  • Groups that might use unconventional weapons in the future
  • Reasons for ethical concerns over unconventional weapons

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the assessment questions to go over some key information on the ethical concerns regarding the use of unconventional weapons in warfare
  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you understand why unconventional weapons might be used and the reasons for some ethical concerns regarding their use
  • Knowledge application - apply the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to identify historical examples of unconventional weapons use and groups most likely to use them today

Additional Learning

Go over more information on this subject with the corresponding lesson called The Morality of Unconventional Weapons in War. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of unconventional weapons
  • Unconventional weapons as a deterrent
  • Means to level the playing field of war
  • The rules of war
  • Civilian casualties