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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. What disturbing news increased the danger of intercepting a Russian ship?
(a) A Russian submarine approached as well.
(b) The nuclear devices being transported were unstable.
(c) The Russian refusal to stop.
(d) The air crafts following the ships.

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

3. 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 French President.
(c) The Prime Minister of Canada.
(d) The Chancellor of West Germany.

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

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who told Ambassador Dobrynin about the President's intended speech?

3. Why did JFK change the line of interception for the blockade?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does JFK view the military advisers recommending war? Why does he feel this way?

3. Why did JFK choose the Marucla for the first vessel to be boarded?

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

5. Identify at least two problems Neustadt and Allison view committees as having.

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

7. What does Robert tell is the final lesson learned in the Cuban Missile Crisis?

8. What did the letter received October 23rd from Khrushchev imply about the U.S. and the repercussions the U.S. may expect?

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

10. What did RFK believe was wrong with the letter drafted by the State Department that was written in response to the letter received October 27th, and what did he suggest they write instead?

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