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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. In the section "Tuesday morning, October 16, 1962 . . .," why were initial reports of missiles in Cuba not passed on to the President?
(a) They were passed on to the President, but were ignored.
(b) They were lies.
(c) They needed to be rechecked.
(d) They were reports from double agents.

2. After the announcement to the nation, how often would Ex Comm meet?
(a) Once a week.
(b) Every day at 10:00 a.m.
(c) As needed.
(d) Every four hours.

3. Who suggested that the US take military action against Cuba for America's safety, not knowing about the missiles?
(a) Senator J. William Fulbright.
(b) Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
(c) Senator Richard B. Russell.
(d) Senator Homer E. Caphart.

4. On October 18th, photographs showed what disturbing new information?
(a) The Cubans were testing missiles.
(b) There were no missiles, it was a mistake.
(c) The missiles were complete.
(d) Atomic missiles were being directed at certain American cities.

5. 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 not put offensive weapons in Cuba.
(c) Russia would put offensive weapons in Cuba, but they would not be a threat.
(d) Russia would use offensive weapons if in Cuba.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What type of non-fiction is Thirteen Days?

3. Who presented the United States case to the United Nations?

4. 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?

5. How far was the original line of interception for the blockade?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was one argument for a blockade?

2. 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?

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

4. When was Congress told, and how did Congress react to the news of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

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

6. What was one argument against a blockade?

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

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

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

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

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