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Novichok agent: Quiz


Question 1: [7] The publication appeared just on the eve of Russia's signing of the ________.
Nuclear weaponBiological warfareChemical Weapons ConventionChemical warfare

Question 2: These chemical compounds inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, preventing the normal breakdown of neurotransmitter ________.
KetamineAcetylcholineDextromethorphanKynurenic acid

Question 3: According to expert witness testimonies prepared for the ________ by three scientists, novichok and other related chemical agents had indeed been produced and therefore the disclosure by Mirzoyanov represented high treason.
Berlin WallKGBIron CurtainEastern Bloc

Question 4: The use of a fast-acting peripheral anticholinergic drug such as ________ could block the receptors where acetylcholine acts to prevent poisoning (as is the treatment for poisoning by other acetylcholinesterare inhibitors).
HyoscyamineAtropineMuscarinic antagonistDicycloverine

Question 5: Additionally, precursors to the agents are usually much easier to stabilize than the agents themselves, so this technique also made it possible to increase the ________ of the agents.
BacteriaShelf lifeFoodFoodborne illness

Question 6: Russian chemical weapons and [by ________
Nuclear proliferationPlutoniumFederation of American ScientistsNuclear weapon

Question 7: The existence of Novichok agents was openly admitted by Russian ________ authorities when they brought a treason case against Mirzayanov.
United StatesUnited States armed forcesArms industryMilitary-industrial complex

Question 8: Michael Waller, ________, February 13, 1997
The Wall Street JournalThe TimesDow Jones & CompanyNew York Post

Question 9: As a nerve agent, Novichok belongs to ________ acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.

Question 10: One of the key manufacturing sites was a chemical research institute in what is now ________[11], and small, experimental batches of the weapons may have been tested on the nearby Ustyurt plateau.


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