Quiz

World War II or Counteract?

Which passages were discovered in (and paraphrased slightly from) a World War II Air Raid Warden’s handbook published in 1941?  Which were written as part of a fictional Quadrant Marshal training handbook for Counteract?

1)  Each Civilian Defense sector, or quadrant, contains the homes of about 500 people. You are the key to these people’s safety. In every way, you must seek to gain their confidence so that in any time of stress you may calm and reassure them and avert panic. You occupy a position of leadership and trust that demands your best effort.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is WWII

2)  You will be equipped with:

  • Arm band or suitable uniform.
  • Steel helmet (when available).
  • Gas mask (when available).
  • Gas-protective clothing (as available).
  • Whistle.
  • Heavy work gloves.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is WWII

3)  You must always be on the alert, and expect repeated large-scale attacks.  The National Weather Service will monitor the atmosphere for discernible toxin levels in the air.  The Emergency Broadcast System will be used for practice drills and to notify the public in the event of an actual attack.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is Counteract

4)  You are responsible for the people in your quadrant. You must meet every member of every family. You must find out where the adults work and where else they can be found when away from home. You must be aware of any member of a household who is ill or handicapped, and about all small children. All individuals are required to disclose this information—they must trust you; you are a sworn public official and must know all about the people in your charge in order to protect them.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is WWII

5)  Selected people in your quadrant may be trained as Watchers to assist the marshals. The extent of their activity will be determined by the ranking marshal, but may include watching for and reporting any unusual behavior exhibited by their neighbors, and especially watching for the rare individual who may be affected by CaSD-induced dementia.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is Counteract

6)  Should you receive a report of anyone who has missed a dose of their CSD for any reason, it is your duty to locate them and watch them take their next dose, then file an appropriate report.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is Counteract

7)  A whistle is furnished you to draw attention to your presence in an emergency, not to sound a general warning. Do not run about blowing it to supplement the siren warning.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is WWII

8)  No person shall utter, publish, sound, or otherwise simulate any warning of any enemy attack, any signal of the end of an attack, or any other official signal unless authorized to do so by the Council of Defense.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is WWII

9)  As part of your duties, you may be called upon to oversee certain civilian training exercises. During these training exercises, you will be come better acquainted with the individuals in your quadrant, and you will learn whom to call upon for informal help at such times, and also become aware of those who may be potential troublemakers.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is Counteract

10)  Orders issued by quadrant marshals are to be obeyed without question. The marshals are an arm of the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, and as such, are authorized by the highest authority in the land to keep order and protect all civilians from all threats to their safety.

WWII or Counteract?

The answer is Counteract

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