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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 did John F. Kennedy call his brother, Robert, to the White House to discuss the photographs taken over Cuba?
(a) October 15, 1964.
(b) October 16, 1962.
(c) September 4, 1962.
(d) October 20, 1964.

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

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

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

5. What piece of information caused JFK to favor the blockade?
(a) No guarantee that American lives would not be lost.
(b) No guarantee of all missiles being destroyed.
(c) Russian promise to use nuclear weapons against Berlin.
(d) The Russian demand to remove bombs from Turkey.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What position did John McCloy one hold?

3. What did JFK read aloud at a meeting with a Russian representative?

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

5. What did JFK ask in a letter to Khrushchev after ordering the blockade?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. Why does JFK bring up the book The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman?

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

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 ironic about JFK's meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrea Gromyko?

10. How did JFK feel about the reaction from Congress when he informed them about the crisis and his plans?

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