Bioterrorism Test Bank Questions & Answer Key



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Bioterrorism Test Bank Questions & Answer Key

1 What is a key contributing factor to the growing threat of bioterrorism?


A Diminished human immune system over time

B Unemployed American Scientists from the U.S. Biological Weapons Program

C Lack of access to raw biological materials for legitimate uses

D Proliferation of dual use equipment, such as fermenters


2 There are very few places where a dangerous pathogen can be purchased.
A True

B False
3 Most physicians have never seen an actual case of anthrax or plague.


A True

B False


4 The difference between the cost of biological weapons and other types of weapons
is _________________________
A Biological agents cost much more but can impact a much larger area making them cheaper overall

B Biological agents cost about as much as chemical agents

C Biological agents are about half the cost of other types of weapons

D Biological agents are several hundred times less expensive than other weapons


5 One advantage of a biological weapon is that ___________________
A It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless

B It has a small attack area

C It will immediately result in massive cases of human illness

D It will usually kill the perpetrator of the release


6 One disadvantage of a biological weapon is that __________________
A It is not easy to control

B It is too easy to disperse and may leak prior to delivery

C It is difficult to use due to International restrictions

D None of the above

7 Which of the following is the worst-case scenario for a biological release?
A Particle size 1 to 5 microns

B Weather pattern includes a thermal inversion

C Aerosol release

D All of the above


8 Which biological agent is one of the CDC Category A agents of concern?
A E Coli 0157:H7

B Abrin toxin

C Botulinum Toxin

D Ricin
Answer Key

1 What is a key contributing factor to the growing threat of bioterrorism?
D Proliferation of dual use equipment, such as fermenters
2 There are very few places where a dangerous pathogen can be purchased.
B False
3 Most physicians have never seen an actual case of anthrax or plague.
A True

4 The difference between the cost of biological weapons and other types of



weapons is _________________________
D Biological agents are several hundred times less expensive than other weapons
5 One advantage of a biological weapon is that ___________________
A It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless
6 One disadvantage of a biological weapon is that __________________
A It is not easy to control
7 Which of the following is the worst-case scenario for a biological release?
D All of the above
8 Which biological agent is one of the CDC Category A agents of concern?
C Botulinum Toxin
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