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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When JFK says, "this is the night I should go to the theater" (84), what famous historical figure is he referencing?
(a) Harry S. Truman.
(b) Dwight D. Eisenhower.
(c) Abraham Lincoln.
(d) Martin Luther King Jr.

2. How many countries does the Secretary of State have to deal with?
(a) Fifty.
(b) One hundered and seventy-five.
(c) Seven.
(d) One hundered and twenty.

3. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, what role did Congress play?
(a) They helped formulate ideas.
(b) Some were members of Ex Comm.
(c) They declared war.
(d) They were informed.

4. Who said "I am not going to follow a course which will allow anyone to write a comparable book about this time, The Missiles of October" (98)?
(a) Robert.
(b) JFK.
(c) Prince von Bulow.
(d) Barbara Tuchman.

5. What did the Joint Chief of Staff suggest the U.S. do to respond to the letter sent October 27th?
(a) Strengthen the blockade.
(b) Meet with Khrushchev personally.
(c) Military action.
(d) Refuse any negotiations in a letter.

6. How many Russian submarines were in the Caribbean after the blockade took effect?
(a) 2.
(b) 6.
(c) 5.
(d) 12.

7. What "committed American ground forces to what has become the longest war in our history" (102)?
(a) The Bay of Pigs.
(b) The Tonkin Gulf Resolution.
(c) The invasion of Cambodia.
(d) The Cuban Missile Crisis.

8. Who was JFK communicating with on a daily basis?
(a) Robert.
(b) The OAS.
(c) U Thant.
(d) Khrushechev.

9. What does Robert suggest the President use to get an opposite opinion if no one else will offer it?
(a) Lobbyists.
(b) Random uninterested parties.
(c) A sponsor.
(d) A devil's advocate.

10. Who was Tommy Thompson?
(a) Former Ambassador to Cuba.
(b) Former Ambassador to the Soviet Union.
(c) Chief of Staff.
(d) Secretary of State.

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

12. What was different about the letter received on the morning of October 27th from the letter received October 26th?
(a) More formal.
(b) Less aggressive.
(c) More apologetic.
(d) More cooperative.

13. Where did JFK say, "Above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to the choice of either a humiliating defeat or a nuclear war" (97)?
(a) Harvard University.
(b) Princeton University.
(c) Cornell University.
(d) American University.

14. Who said, "I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction" (67)?
(a) Dobrynin.
(b) General McCone.
(c) JFK.
(d) Khrushchev.

15. Why did JFK originally want to remove the missiles from Turkey?
(a) They were obsolete.
(b) He wanted to invade Turkey.
(c) He did not want to anger the Soviets.
(d) They were dangerous to world peace.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is supposed to declare war according to the Constitution?

2. Who said "war is impossible . . . there is no alternative to peace" (104)?

3. According to the Afterword, what did victory mean pre-1945?

4. Who said, "I am not in an American courtroom, sir, and therefore I do not wish to answer a question that is put to me in the fashion in which a prosecutor puts questions" (58)?

5. What two items were added to the embargo list after the successful boarding of the Marucla?

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