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

2. What did JFK read aloud at a meeting with a Russian representative?
(a) Khrushchev's statement from September 19th.
(b) His own statement from September 4th.
(c) The Declaration of Independence.
(d) The Bible.

3. What position did Robert hold in the Kennedy administration?
(a) Attorney General.
(b) Secretary of Defense.
(c) Senator.
(d) Press Secretary.

4. Who did JFK have a meeting with that was scheduled before the information about Cuba had been found?
(a) Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.
(b) President Fidel Castro.
(c) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(d) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.

5. How far was the original line of interception for the blockade?
(a) 800 miles.
(b) 500 miles.
(c) 8000 miles.
(d) 750 miles.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Ex Comm believe would happen if they put a blockade around Cuba?

2. Before the announcement could be made that there was a Cuban Missile Crisis, what did the press report on instead of the crisis?

3. Which group was created "for the purpose of effective conduct of the operations of the executive branch in the current crisis" (45)?

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

5. After making his decision, when was the President's speech to the nation scheduled for?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Ex Comm formulate their recommendations to the President?

2. What personal insights does RFK provide about JFK when they are waiting for news about the first ships meant to reach the blockade?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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