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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. Who suggested that the US take military action against Cuba for America's safety, not knowing about the missiles?
(a) Senator Richard B. Russell.
(b) Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
(c) Senator J. William Fulbright.
(d) Senator Homer E. Caphart.

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

3. When Robert meets with Dobrynin after the blockade is put into effect, what does Dobrynin say the ships will do?
(a) Continue as planned.
(b) Turn back to Russia.
(c) Take military action against boarders.
(d) Re-route to another country.

4. What did Secretary McNamara do, despite his dissent to the strategy?
(a) Ordered the blockade.
(b) Prepared the documents to release Berlin to Russia.
(c) Prepared the military for air bombardments.
(d) Sent communication to Khrushchev for a summit.

5. What did JFK order into the air at all times until the crisis was over?
(a) Helicopters with anti-missile equipment.
(b) B-52 bombers with atomic weapons.
(c) Nothing, all of the action was at sea for the blockade.
(d) U-2's to take photographs.

Short Answer Questions

1. On October 18th, photographs showed what disturbing new information?

2. While Ex Comm was making final decisions regarding their recommendations, JFK was where?

3. What position did John McCloy one hold?

4. When did John F. Kennedy call his brother, Robert, to the White House to discuss the photographs taken over Cuba?

5. Who said, "It is exactly what I would have done . . . a great government such as yours does not act without evidence" (41)?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did the "Quemoy-Matsu" formula attempt to do?

4. How was the official letter sent by the Soviets on October 27th different from the letter sent October 26th?

5. What four check and balances does the U.S. Constitution provide to prevent unlimited power given to one man and yet have a single leader to handle military maneuvers?

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. How did the US obtain their information about Russian activity in Cuba?

8. Why does Robert claim that "we cannot be an island even if we wished; nor can we successfully separate ourselves from the rest of the world" (94)?

9. What did Adlai Stevenson suggest was a third option for the President to consider? Why was it rejected?

10. In the letter received October 26th, what does Khrushchev claim is the reason he sent weapons to Cuba?

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