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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. Against what strategy was the following argument used: It would be like "closing the door after the horse has left the barn" (28)?
(a) Air stike.
(b) Nuclear War.
(c) Summit.
(d) Blockade.

2. What book had JFK recently read that had to do with miscalculations leading to war?
(a) The Dangerous Summer.
(b) The Guns of August.
(c) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
(d) Night.

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

4. How many ships either stopped or turned back before reaching the blockade?
(a) 4.
(b) 14.
(c) 25.
(d) 10.

5. What position did John McCloy one hold?
(a) Cheif Justice for the Supreme Court.
(b) Secretary of State.
(c) High Commissioner to Germany.
(d) Ambassador to Russia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who, due to his role in the government, might have been the leader of Ex Comm if he had been able to attend more meetings?

2. What statement did the Russians make public on September 11th?

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

4. What was one recommendation from the military action plan?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the "great danger and risk in all of this . . . a miscalculation -- a mistake in judgment" (49)?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was one argument against a blockade?

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