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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who publicly confronted Soviet Union Ambassador V. A. Zorin?
(a) Ted Sorensen.
(b) Adlai Stevenson.
(c) David Ormsby Gore.
(d) Bertrand Russell.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was JFK's feeling after meeting with a Russian representative after learning about missiles in Cuba?

2. Robert describes the conflict in Cuba as one between two atomic nations. What are the two atomic nations he refers to?

3. Who was concerned about how the U.S. would convince the rest of the world that the blockade was necessary and legal?

4. What position did John McCloy one hold?

5. Who did JFK have a meeting with that was scheduled before the information about Cuba had been found?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Berlin factor into the decision making about the Cuban Missile Crisis?

2. How and where did Adlai Stevenson present the photographic evidence of missiles in Cuba?

3. After the blockade takes effect, RFK meets with Dobrynin again. What do they discuss?

4. What did the military and JFK do to respond to the submarine situation?

5. What did Ambassador Dobrynin provide as evidence that USSR would not be a threat to the United States?

6. What information did the Intelligence Community have about the missiles in September, but did not inform the President about at that time? Why were they not passed on?

7. What distinguishes Thirteen Days as a memoir (besides the subtitle) and not just an autobiography?

8. Which countries immediately supported the U.S. in the decision for a blockade? Why did JFK favor a blockade over a surgical air strike?

9. What was one argument against a blockade?

10. Why does RFK defend Adlai Stevenson's suggestion?

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