The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics


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The Cuban Missile Crisis was a major diplomatic confrontation between President John F. Kennedy and which Soviet leader?

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1. What was the codename of the Soviet Union's first atomic bomb?

2. Detente is associated with which decade?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The period of the Cold War and the corresponding nuclear arms race was a transformative time in the history of the world. The worksheet and quiz for this lesson will help you review the facts on the tension and development of global relations during this time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Acronym for long-range missiles
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Time frame of detente
  • Soviet Union's first atomic bomb

Skills Practiced

These items will assess your skills of:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about international relationships in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Cuban Missile Crisis

Additional Learning

Review the associated lesson titled The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics in order to cover all vital information. This lesson will help you with the following objectives:

  • Know the significance of the Manhattan Project
  • Identify the codename for the first atomic bomb from the Soviet Union
  • Understand the technological and defensive competition of the nuclear arms race
  • Recognize the concept of detente