BOMB Luke Blood, Nick Dianchrist, Adam Kuhlman, Ethan Chen

In the summer of 1944, Paul Tibbets, an experienced combat pilot, received a call from the Air Force general. He was summoned to the general's office in Colorado. Once there, Tibbets was interviewed about his personal history and given a very important job. That job was to be the one to fly the atomic bomb over enemy territory and drop it.

Tibbets and his crew

Carl Eifler, who was originally chosen to perform a kidnapping, was informed that his services would no longer be needed. General Donovan had chosen a new operative, Moe Berg, to carry out with taking care of Heisenberg. After posing as a Swiss student, Berg found no conclusive evidence of Heisenberg working on an atomic bomb, and let him be.

Heisenberg teaching a class
Later into 1945, many events took place.

In late December, Ted Hall transferred his notes on the bomb to his friend and Saville Sax, who handed the notes to Soviet agents.

The Americans could not get any information from the Germans on their progress in creating an atomic bomb.

The scientists at Los Alamos had come upon the challenge of creating a method of implosion to blast the plutonium together at a high enough speed. Hall was at the forefront of this project, and when they did figure out implosion, he had much information to give to the Soviets.

In order to verify Hall's information, they sent Harry Gold to get a report from Klaus Fuchs, and he did precisely that.

President Roosevelt had died, and Truman became president. He learned of the atomic bomb and its power. Meanwhile, American soldiers had gone far into Germany while Hitler's army was collapsing. They found out that the Germans were far from completing an Atomic bomb, which relieved many, but now there was the matter of keeping the Soviets from building a bomb.

Harry Truman, the new president

Gold was sent on a side mission to retrieve information from Fuchs and Greenglass, and eventually to Yatzkov to give him the reports.

As the scientists at Los Alamos finished their bombs, they questioned the necessity for testing them. Groves did not want to, because it would be a waste of plutonium, but Oppenheimer convinced him that it was very important that they test the bomb.

As they got closer and closer to the testing date, Oppenheimer and his team worked tirelessly to fix the problems that erupted every day. Eventually they had everything set up and ready to go, but the weather did not allow them to detonate the bomb, and so they waited.

What is the purpose of Sheinkin telling the reader what the book code is? (pg. 154)

A. To educate the reader on the book code because he thinks it is interesting.

B. To show that Soviet spies had a very hard time communicating with other spies outside of Los Alamos because everything was censored.

C. To show how difficult it was for spies to live.

D. To show that the Soviets went through a lot to keep the information safe.

E. To push the reader to read Leaves of Grass. (It's a pretty good book)


What does Gold think of David Greenglass? (pg. 169-170)

A. He was angry with him because his report wasn't done.

B. He was angry that the report wasn't finished but liked how well he was trained.

C. He was impressed by his report but annoyed that he obviously had little training.

D. He was extremely annoyed him not being prepared and his lack of training in tradecraft.

E. He was extremely impressed by how prepared he was and how knowedagable he was about tradecraft.


Why did Lansdale question Tibbets and asked if he had ever been arrested? (pg. 146)

A. To find out if he was trustworthy and could be told about the project.

B. To prove he was honest and a good choice even though they were worried about his flying skills.

C. To learn about his past because he was curious.

D. Because a past crime would take away his chances of performing such an important mission.

E. To see if he had a good memory.


Why did Donovan decide to drop Eifler for Berg in the investigation on Heisenberg? (pg. 150)

A. Hitler committed suicide which led to Heisenberg turning himself in, revealing all of his knowledge and plans about the atomic bomb.

B. Eifler began to exhibit signs of susceptibility to stress that showed he was incapable of carrying out the operation.

C. Donovan was approached by other more fit men who showed interest in the mission.

D. Donovan was concerned that Eifler's unpredictable behavior could compromise the operation.

E. Eifler became ill and therefore was unfit for the operation.


How did Bothe's attitude towards Goudsmit change as they conversed? (pg. 155-156)

A. He was nervous and scared of Goudsmit then became more comfortable and happy to talk.

B. He was happy to talk about physics with Goudsmit then became uninterested when he started to talk about the war.

C. .He was a old friend of Goudsmit's, and wanted to talk about their families.

D. He didn't like Goudsmit and then became even more nervous when he started to ask about the war.

E. He was happy to talk about Physics but became very skeptical and nervous about Goudsmit when he started talking about the war.


Do you agree that it was necessary to test the plutonium bomb, or that it was a waste of valuable time and resources?

After Fuchs gave Gold the report, Gold offered him $1,500 in cash but Fuchs was offended and refused the money. Why do you think the money offended Fuchs? (pg. 159)

The US got to the German lab first and took all of the scientists so the Soviets couldn't get them. What is your opinion on the race between the Soviets and the US for the bomb even though they were on the same side of the war? (pg. 164)

One of Fuchs' and Gold's meetings was particularly different than the rest. In a certain one, Fuchs had been 20 minutes late. It previously mentioned in the book that if both agents were not there 5 minutes after the scheduled time, then the person waiting was to leave. Instead, Gold waited 20 minutes. How nervous would you have been? What would you have thought happened? What would you have done? (Pg. 168)

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