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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Thirteen Days, pgs. 63-88.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After making his decision, when was the President's speech to the nation scheduled for?
(a) Saturday afternoon.
(b) Sunday evening.
(c) Tuesday morning.
(d) Monday evening.

2. What did JFK order into the air at all times until the crisis was over?
(a) Nothing, all of the action was at sea for the blockade.
(b) U-2's to take photographs.
(c) B-52 bombers with atomic weapons.
(d) Helicopters with anti-missile equipment.

3. Who does Robert speak to about the President's concern about missiles in Cuba on September 4th?
(a) Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.
(b) The Deputy Attorney General.
(c) The President.
(d) Ambassador Dobrynin.

4. When the Soviet Union refused to acknowledge the blockade, how often were low level flights conducted over Cuba?
(a) Five times a day.
(b) Once a day.
(c) Every two hours.
(d) Every hour.

5. Who wrote the letter responding to Khrushchev's first letter?
(a) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(b) JFK and Robert.
(c) The State Department.
(d) Robert and Sorensen.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who presented the argument for a blockade?

2. Who was approached by a Soviet Embassy official to offer a proposal for removing the missiles from Cuba?

3. What did Secretary McNamara do, despite his dissent to the strategy?

4. Who was JFK communicating with on a daily basis?

5. How many passengers were on the East German Passenger ship that approached the blockade?

(see the answer key)

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