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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who publicly confronted Soviet Union Ambassador V. A. Zorin?
(a) David Ormsby Gore.
(b) Adlai Stevenson.
(c) Ted Sorensen.
(d) Bertrand Russell.

2. Who unanimously pushed for immediate military action on Thursday October 18th?
(a) Ex Comm.
(b) Congress.
(c) Americans.
(d) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.

3. What did Robert suggest JFK do on September 4th regarding the possibility of Russia placing missiles in Cuba?
(a) Issue a statement of good will.
(b) Issue a statement that it would not be tolerated.
(c) Bomb Cuba.
(d) Threaten Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.

4. In the section entitled, "It was now up to one single man," when did JFK hope to broadcast his plan to the nation?
(a) Never.
(b) Monday.
(c) Tuesday.
(d) Sunday.

5. Who did JFK have a meeting with that was scheduled before the information about Cuba had been found?
(a) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(b) President Fidel Castro.
(c) Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.
(d) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.

6. What type of non-fiction is Thirteen Days?
(a) Essay.
(b) Memoir.
(c) Biography.
(d) Textbook.

7. On October 18th, photographs showed what disturbing new information?
(a) The missiles were complete.
(b) The Cubans were testing missiles.
(c) There were no missiles, it was a mistake.
(d) Atomic missiles were being directed at certain American cities.

8. What happened around 10:30, October 27th, the first day of the blockade?
(a) The Russian ships fired upon a U-2.
(b) The Cubans shot down a plane.
(c) The Cubans overran the U.S. embassy.
(d) The Russian ships stopped.

9. Who did Robert admire and who also began attending meetings after the meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
(a) John F. Kennedy.
(b) General LeMay.
(c) Dean Acheson.
(d) Secretary McNamara.

10. What was JFK's feeling after meeting with a Russian representative after learning about missiles in Cuba?
(a) Rage.
(b) Content.
(c) Displeased.
(d) Depressed.

11. Who said that Russia only wanted to "give bread to Cuba in order to prevent hunger in that country" (34)?
(a) Gromyko.
(b) Dobrynin.
(c) Khrushchev.
(d) Castro.

12. Who said, "You are in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President" (29)?
(a) General LeMay.
(b) General Shoup.
(c) John F. Kennedy.
(d) Robert F. Kennedy.

13. What did Secretary McNamara do, despite his dissent to the strategy?
(a) Prepared the documents to release Berlin to Russia.
(b) Sent communication to Khrushchev for a summit.
(c) Ordered the blockade.
(d) Prepared the military for air bombardments.

14. How many ships either stopped or turned back before reaching the blockade?
(a) 25.
(b) 10.
(c) 14.
(d) 4.

15. When Robert meets with Dobrynin after the blockade is put into effect, what does Dobrynin say the ships will do?
(a) Take military action against boarders.
(b) Turn back to Russia.
(c) Re-route to another country.
(d) Continue as planned.

Short Answer Questions

1. Robert describes the conflict in Cuba as one between two atomic nations. What are the two atomic nations he refers to?

2. Against what strategy was the following argument used: It would be like "closing the door after the horse has left the barn" (28)?

3. While Ex Comm was making final decisions regarding their recommendations, JFK was where?

4. Which group was created "for the purpose of effective conduct of the operations of the executive branch in the current crisis" (45)?

5. What is SAM an acronym for?

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