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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 said, "You are in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President" (29)?
(a) Robert F. Kennedy.
(b) General Shoup.
(c) John F. Kennedy.
(d) General LeMay.

2. Who was concerned about how the U.S. would convince the rest of the world that the blockade was necessary and legal?
(a) The leaders in OAS.
(b) The Chancellor of West Germany.
(c) The Prime Minister of Canada.
(d) The French President.

3. In the section entitled, "It was now up to one single man," when did JFK hope to broadcast his plan to the nation?
(a) Monday.
(b) Sunday.
(c) Tuesday.
(d) Never.

4. What did the intelligence community tell JFK on September 19th, regarding the possibility of Russians putting offensive weapons in Cuba?
(a) Russia would put offensive weapons in Cuba.
(b) Russia would put offensive weapons in Cuba, but they would not be a threat.
(c) Russia would use offensive weapons if in Cuba.
(d) Russia would not put offensive weapons in Cuba.

5. What was JFK's feeling after meeting with a Russian representative after learning about missiles in Cuba?
(a) Displeased.
(b) Content.
(c) Rage.
(d) Depressed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What book had JFK recently read that had to do with miscalculations leading to war?

2. What did Robert suggest JFK do on September 4th regarding the possibility of Russia placing missiles in Cuba?

3. What did JFK order into the air at all times until the crisis was over?

4. Who unanimously pushed for immediate military action on Thursday October 18th?

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. Analyze the simile "the leaders who lived through the crisis felt what it was like to peer over the precipice" (104)?

2. Why did the Intelligence Community not believe Cuba was a threat to the United States?

3. What is one example Robert provides of a devil's advocate working?

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

5. Why does Robert believe that a devil's advocate is necessary for the President?

6. 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)?

7. How did RFK feel about his fellow members of in Ex Comm?

8. What does Robert mean when he writes "no action is taken against a powerful adversary in a vacuum" (96)?

9. Why would JFK's initial response to the discovery of missiles in Cuba be "He can't do that to me" (115)?

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

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