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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does "Ex Comm" stand for?
(a) Executive Communications with Cuba.
(b) Executing Communists.
(c) Executive Committee of the National Security Council.
(d) Executing Communication for the Cold War.

2. What is SAM an acronym for?
(a) Surface attack mission.
(b) Surface-to-air-missile.
(c) Strategy against missiles.
(d) Submarine aquatic mission.

3. Who intervened with the newspapers to delay the report of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
(a) George Ball.
(b) JFK.
(c) Robert Kennedy.
(d) Ed Martin.

4. Who was U Thant?
(a) Soviet Chairman.
(b) Secretary of Defense.
(c) Acting Secretary General of the United Nations.
(d) Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations.

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

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

7. Before the announcement could be made that there was a Cuban Missile Crisis, what did the press report on instead of the crisis?
(a) The secret meetings of Ex Comm.
(b) The normal news.
(c) The President would make a speech.
(d) The OAS meeting.

8. What was the main reason that the President did not attend all of the Ex Comm meetings?
(a) Busy schedule.
(b) Evasion of responsibility.
(c) Important diplomatic duties.
(d) To avoid arousing suspicion.

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

10. Against what strategy was the following argument used: It would be like "closing the door after the horse has left the barn" (28)?
(a) Blockade.
(b) Air stike.
(c) Nuclear War.
(d) Summit.

11. What was the "legal foundation" (40) for the blockade?
(a) The OSHA regulations.
(b) The Cuban Peace Treaty.
(c) The OAS Charter.
(d) The UN regulations.

12. What statement did the Russians make public on September 11th?
(a) The missiles already in Cuba would remain there.
(b) They had no intention of putting missiles in Cuba.
(c) They would put missiles in any country they want.
(d) Russia made no statement.

13. What was Robert's main argument against a surprise attack?
(a) Cowardice of surprise.
(b) Ineffectiveness of attack.
(c) America's traditions and history.
(d) Christian morality.

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

15. What does Robert claim was impossible for Ex Comm to come up with when making their recommendations to JFK?
(a) An intelligent response.
(b) The right answer.
(c) A unanimous vote.
(d) A dogmatism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Robert suggest JFK do on September 4th regarding the possibility of Russia placing missiles in Cuba?

2. What did Ex Comm believe would happen if they put a blockade around Cuba?

3. Who presented the argument for a blockade?

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

5. Who unanimously pushed for immediate military action on Thursday October 18th?

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