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The Banned Weapons Quiz
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Human beings devise all manner of ways in which to hurt one another, but sometimes we agree that some of those concepts are just too terrible to use in the real world. How much do you know about banned weapons?

What weapon is illegal in war but may be for sale at your local convenience store?

  • handgun
  • pepper spray
  • Twinkies

What weapon was banned by the Saint Petersburg Declaration of 1868?

  • chewed musket balls
  • exploding musket balls
  • poisoned bullets

What weapon is illegal in war but legal for domestic riot control?

  • Long Range Acoustic Device
  • tear gas
  • rubber bullets

What agreement banned biological and chemical weapons in international conflicts?

  • Arusha Agreement
  • Geneva Protocol
  • Nassau Agreement

When was the Geneva Protocol signed?

  • 1925
  • 1946
  • 1962

Which gas caused the most deaths in WWI?

  • No one knows.
  • phosphene gas
  • mustard gas

Mustard gas was first used during which conflict?

  • American Civil War
  • WWI
  • WWII

How long does it take people to exhibit symptoms of mustard gas poisoning?

  • 2 to 3 hours
  • 12 to 24 hours
  • It happens immediately

The United States Federal Assault Weapons Ban was signed in which year?

  • 1994
  • 1988
  • 1981

After the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired, what did a task force conclude regarding the ban's effectiveness?

  • Results were inconclusive.
  • The ban worked.
  • The ban didn't work.

What weapon does the Ottawa Treaty ban?

  • landmines
  • hand grenades
  • napalm

VX is what type of weapon?

  • nerve agent
  • biological agent
  • Atomic bomb

At what dosage does VX become lethal to humans?

  • 10 mg
  • 100 mg
  • 1 g

Which agreement proposed a ban on all chemical weapons … but was never ratified?

  • Australia Group
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Washington Arms Conference

Spike pits are banned by which agreement?

  • Munich Agreement
  • Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons
  • Geneva Protocol

Customary international law basically outlaws which weapons?

  • blinding lasers
  • nuclear weapons
  • weapons of indiscriminate nature

Protocol IV of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons bans which class of weapons?

  • incendiary weapons
  • nlinding laser weapons
  • explosive remnants of war

In what year was the Chemical Weapons Convention held?

  • 1925
  • 1971
  • 1993

The Hague Convention of 1899 outlawed projectiles whose sole objective is to do what?

  • explode on contact
  • spread suffocating gases
  • kill people

According to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, flamethrowers are banned from which scenarios?

  • Any situation that could result in the asphyxiation of soldiers
  • Any circumstance that could trap the intended targets
  • Any situation that may involve civilians

How many countries signed the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention?

  • 78
  • 163
  • 212

Thanks to Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, armies can only use napalm on forests in which circumstances?

  • If the enemy is hiding there.
  • If there only a few civilians in proximity.
  • If there are WMDs in the area.

Which war seemed to show that arms agreements could stop the use of chemical weapons during combat?

  • WWI
  • WWII
  • Korean War

Why did the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons ban weapons with non-detectable fragments?

  • Non-detectable materials tend to be toxic.
  • Doctors can't remove fragments they can't find.
  • Non-detectable materials tend to shatter bones.

Which banned weapon did Saddam Hussein use to kill thousands of people in Halabja in 1988?

  • small nuclear warhead
  • anthrax
  • poison gas

Why did the Hague Convention of 1899 outlaw hollow- or soft-tipped bullets?

  • The bullets expand when they hit humans.
  • They can be packed with poisons.
  • They cause fractures that don't heal.

What other weapon did the Hague Convention outlaw, but only for half a decade?

  • balloon-launched projectiles
  • landmines
  • repeating rifles

Why are non-self-destructing landmines banned?

  • They tend to use more powerful charges.
  • They hurt more civilians than soldiers.
  • They use non-detectable fragments.

The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons failed to totally ban which devastating weapon?

  • incendiary grenades
  • nuclear bombs
  • landmines

The 1675 Strasbourg Agreement banned which weapon?

  • poisoned bullets
  • Canons that fired multiple lead balls at one shot
  • muskets