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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who sent messages praising Russia and castigating the U.S.?
(a) David Ormsby Gore.
(b) Fidel Castro.
(c) Bertrand Russell.
(d) Ted Sorensen.

3. Who told Ambassador Dobrynin about the President's intended speech?
(a) Adlai Stevenson.
(b) Robert Kennedy.
(c) Secretary Rusk.
(d) Dean Acheson.

4. What did JFK ask in a letter to Khrushchev after ordering the blockade?
(a) All shipes to turn back.
(b) For Khrushchev to leave Berlin out of their deliberations.
(c) All missiles to be handed over.
(d) For Khrushchev to observe the quarantine.

5. What did Ex Comm believe would happen if they put a blockade around Cuba?
(a) Cuba would bomb the naval fleet.
(b) Russia would put a blockade around Berlin.
(c) Cuba would give up.
(d) Russia would use nuclear force.

6. How many Americans could potentially have died within minutes of the known missiles being fired off as of October 18th?
(a) Eighty million.
(b) Eighty thousand.
(c) Eight million.
(d) Eight hundred.

7. How long before the President's address to the nation did they tell the ambassador of Russia?
(a) An hour.
(b) Twelve hours.
(c) One day.
(d) Five minutes.

8. Who does JFK meet with whom Robert claims he "trusted implicitly" (51)?
(a) Secretary Adlai Stevenson.
(b) Ambassador David Ormsby-Gore.
(c) Secretary John McNamara.
(d) Ambassador Dobrynin.

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

10. According to Robert in the section, "It was now up to one single man," what did JFK stress in his speech to the nation?
(a) The surgical air-strike was the initial step.
(b) The blockade was the initial step.
(c) The U.S. was not yet in danger.
(d) The U.S. would invade Cuba.

11. 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) Helicopters with anti-missile equipment.
(c) B-52 bombers with atomic weapons.
(d) U-2's to take photographs.

12. What did Adlai Stevenson suggest that offended many members of Ex Comm?
(a) Both a blockade and an air strike.
(b) The nuclear bombardment of Cuba.
(c) JFK should hold a summit before any action is taken.
(d) The U.S. remove weapons from other countries in exchange for Russian removal of missiles.

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

14. Which group was created "for the purpose of effective conduct of the operations of the executive branch in the current crisis" (45)?
(a) The Cabinet.
(b) Executive Committee of the National Security Council.
(c) Organization of American States.
(d) Joint Chiefs of Staff.

15. In the section "Tuesday morning, October 16, 1962 . . .," why were initial reports of missiles in Cuba not passed on to the President?
(a) They needed to be rechecked.
(b) They were lies.
(c) They were passed on to the President, but were ignored.
(d) They were reports from double agents.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position did John McCloy one hold?

2. What type of non-fiction is Thirteen Days?

3. What is one effect of pressure, according to Robert?

4. What was the main reason that the President did not attend all of the Ex Comm meetings?

5. Who did Robert admire and who also began attending meetings after the meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

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