The Strategic Defense Initiative: Definition & Organization


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Before SDI, what was the main deterrence against a nuclear Soviet attack?

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1. President Reagan expected that the Strategic Defense Initiative would _____

2. Critics argued that SDI would take the arms race into space. How would SDI have done this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet help check your understanding of the strategic defense initiative. Expect to be quizzed over the purpose of this organization and its history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

If you utilize these resources, you can assess your knowledge of:

  • What happened to SDI after the Cold War was over
  • How the Soviets reacted to SDI
  • The main deterrence against a nuclear Soviet attack before SDI
  • What Reagan thought the SDI would do
  • How SDI could take the arms race into space

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the purpose of the strategic defense initiative and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about how the soviets reacted to SDI
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on SDI and its consequences

Additional Learning

Cover more information about SDI using the lesson, The Strategic Defense Initiative: Definition & Organization. In this lesson, you can cover the following objectives:

  • Learn what MAD stands for
  • Examine important contributions of Ronald Reagan
  • Analyze SDI controversy