Thirteen Days; a Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Thirteen Days, pgs. 106-150.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who told an interviewer that "the fourteen people involved were very significant . . . If six of them had been President of the U.S., I think that the world might have been blown up" (121)?
(a) Sorensen.
(b) Acheson.
(c) Robert.
(d) JFK.

2. What did JFK believe was the likelihood of nuclear war when dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis?
(a) One in ten.
(b) One in three.
(c) Fifty - fifty.
(d) Ninety percent.

3. When looking at the first photographs of the missile bases in Cuba, what did JFK say it looked like?
(a) Farm.
(b) Soccer field.
(c) Swimming pool.
(d) Football field.

4. Who said, " You are in the courtroom of world opinion right now, and you can answer yes or no. You have denied that they exist, and I want to know whether or I have understood you correctly" (58)?
(a) Don Wilson.
(b) Pierre Salinger.
(c) V. A. Zorin.
(d) Adlai Stevenson.

5. According to the afterword, what would choosing nuclear war mean?
(a) Rising hostilities.
(b) Mutual homicide.
(c) Mutual superiority.
(d) Peace for remaining countries.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the section entitled, "It was now up to one single man," when did JFK hope to broadcast his plan to the nation?

2. How did the members of Ex Comm avoid arousing suspicion when visiting the White House at 9:15 at night?

3. Which war do Neustadt and Allison believe will shape future relations between Congress and the President in regards to war making?

4. What position did John McCloy one hold?

5. Who, due to his role in the government, might have been the leader of Ex Comm if he had been able to attend more meetings?

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