Thirteen Days; a Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Robert in "The importance of placing ourselves in the other country's shoes," why was JFK reluctant to attack the missile sites after a U.S. U-2 was shot down?
(a) The Cubans would attack
(b) Too many innocents would die.
(c) The Russians would be forced to retaliate.
(d) It would humiliate Castro.

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

3. Who urged the President to release photos of missiles to the UN for publication?
(a) Ted Sorensen.
(b) Adlai Stevenson.
(c) Pierre Salinger
(d) Dovid Ormsby Gore.

4. According to Robert in "Some of the things we learned . . .," what must a President have access to?
(a) People with expertise and knowledge.
(b) Nuclear weapons.
(c) Journalists.
(d) Ambassadors.

5. According to all of the discussions of removing missiles from Cuba, who would oversee the removal to be sure it was done?
(a) Britain.
(b) The U.N.
(c) The OAS
(d) The U.S.

6. What was the "final lesson" (95) learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis?
(a) Retreat when necessary.
(b) See the opponents' perspective.
(c) Push the opponent into a corner.
(d) Hold out until the last minute.

7. What countries were supporting the U.S. and recommending that the U.S. not give in to Soviet demands?
(a) NATO.
(b) AXIS.
(c) HOA.
(d) U.N.

8. Who is supposed to declare war according to the Constitution?
(a) The Supreme Court.
(b) Congress.
(c) The President.
(d) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.

9. What did Dobrynin say the Cubans resented when Robert meets with him after the U-2 was shot down?
(a) Violation of Cuban air space.
(b) The Bay of Pigs.
(c) Socialism.
(d) U.S. democracy.

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

11. How did Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. die?
(a) Contracted polio.
(b) Killed in WWII.
(c) Drowned.
(d) Assassinated.

12. What extended metaphor does Khrushchev use to conclude his letter from October 26th?
(a) The tying of a knot.
(b) A flood.
(c) A journey while driving a car.
(d) The scoring of a goal.

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

14. Who would analyze Khrushchev's personal letter and make recommendations on October 27th?
(a) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(b) The State Department.
(c) Robert.
(d) Congress.

15. Who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
(a) Dwight D. Eisenhower.
(b) J. Edgar. Hoover.
(c) Ronald Reagan.
(d) John Scali.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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)?

2. Robert tells he once heard World War Three would be fought with atomic weapons. What then would the next war be fought with?

3. What did Robert promise to do with his daughters on October 28th?

4. When JFK says, "this is the night I should go to the theater" (84), what famous historical figure is he referencing?

5. 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)?

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