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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Barbara Tuchman.
(b) Prince von Bulow.
(c) JFK.
(d) Robert.

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

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

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

5. What word would best complete the following quote? "No action is taken against a powerful adversary in a _____________" (96).
(a) Nuclear world.
(b) War.
(c) Vacuum.
(d) Benign manner.

6. What did Robert promise to do with his daughters on October 28th?
(a) Go to a Horse Show.
(b) Attend the theater.
(c) Buy Halloween costumes.
(d) Go shopping.

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

8. Who said "war is impossible . . . there is no alternative to peace" (104)?
(a) Thomas Schelling.
(b) Theodore Sorensen.
(c) Robert McNamara.
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower.

9. 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)?
(a) V. A. Zorin.
(b) Pierre Salinger.
(c) Don Wilson.
(d) Adlai Stevenson.

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

11. Who said "we are now in an entirely new ball game" (74)?
(a) Robert Kennedy.
(b) JFK.
(c) Anderson.
(d) McNamara.

12. What is the crisis a microcosm for according to the authors of the Afterword?
(a) The workings of democracy.
(b) Problems of the nuclear age.
(c) Problems of the modern American Presidency.
(d) The inevitability of nuclear war.

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

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

15. Robert tells he once heard World War Three would be fought with atomic weapons. What then would the next war be fought with?
(a) Atomic weapons.
(b) Guns and knives.
(c) Swords and cannons.
(d) Sticks and stones.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did JFK believe should take public credit for the end of the missile crisis?

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

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

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 animal does Khrushchev compare Russia and the U.S. to when he says they will be exterminated in the case of a war?

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