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Select one of the following topics and write a 400-500 word essay which uses specific textual evidence to support a central argument.
AVOID MERELY SUMMARIZING PARTS OF THE PLAY. ARGUMENT AND ANALYSIS SHOULD BE CENTRAL TO YOUR PAPER.
  1. Analyze Oppenheimer's views on the hydrogen bomb and the meaning of his work or influence on this project. Evaluate the ethics of his views and the decisions and behavior that result from these views.

  2. Analyze Teller's views on the hydrogen bomb and the meaning of his work or influence on this project. Evaluate the ethics of his views and the decisions and behavior that result from these views.

  3. Combine topics 1 and 2 by comparing/contrasting Oppenheimer's and Teller's views on the Hydrogen bomb and the meaning of their work or influence on this project. Evaluate the ethics of their views and the decisions and behavior that result from these views.

  4. Discuss the Chevalier incident and evaluate (from the point of view of ethics) Oppenheimer's views and behavior regarding this incident. How do other characters defend or condemn his behavior? What is your position?

  5. Discuss ways in which the Oppenheimer case illustrates the ethical problems that arise when scientists do work for the government or the military. How should a scientist approach such problems? What obligations does a scientist have either to science itself or to his/her employer/nation/government?

 


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