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VX (nerve agent): Quiz


Question 1: Ranajit Ghosh, a chemist at the Plant Protection Laboratories of ________ was investigating a class of organophosphate compounds (organophosphate esters of substituted aminoethanethiols).
Imperial Chemical IndustriesGKNImperial TobaccoTate & Lyle

Question 2: The resulting material is reacted with ethanol to form a ________.
EsterAlkaneCarboxylic acidAlcohol

Question 3: Unlike the cases for sarin (Matsumoto incident and ________), VX was not used for mass murder.
Ikebukuro StationSarin gas attack on the Tokyo subwayShinjuku StationKasumigaseki Station (Tokyo)

Question 4: The acetylcholine is then broken down to non-reactive substances (________ and choline) by the acetylcholinesterase enzyme.
EthanolHydrogen peroxideOxygenAcetic acid

Question 5: Normally, an electric nerve pulse would cause the release of ________ over a synapse that would stimulate muscle contraction.
DextromethorphanKetamineAcetylcholineKynurenic acid

Question 6: The VX ________ is the most well-known of the V-series of nerve agents and is considered an area denial weapon due to its physical properties.
Nerve agentSarinChemical warfareTabun (nerve agent)

Question 7: Early disposal included the US Army's CHASE (Cut Holes And Sink 'Em) program, in which old ships were filled with chemical weapons stockpiles and then ________.
East African Campaign (World War II)Naval mineSubmarineScuttling

Question 8: in 1998 acting on information that it used VX and that the origin of the agent was associated with both Iraq and ________.
Islamic terrorismTalibanAl-QaedaOsama bin Laden

Question 9: Sustained paralysis of the diaphragm muscle causes death by ________.
Altitude sicknessAsphyxiaHypoxia (medical)Decompression sickness

Question 10: The toxicity did not go unnoticed, and samples of it had been sent to the British Armed Forces research facility at ________ for evaluation.
CS gasPorton DownBiological warfareChemical warfare

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