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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 does Robert believe often leads to war?
(a) Hate.
(b) Greed.
(c) Pride.
(d) Prudence.

2. In which branch of government does Robert believe rank often plays a role?
(a) Executive.
(b) Legislative.
(c) Judicial.
(d) Congressional.

3. Who does Robert speak to about the President's concern about missiles in Cuba on September 4th?
(a) The President.
(b) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(c) Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.
(d) The Deputy Attorney General.

4. What might have happened to the President if he had not acted?
(a) Public humiliation.
(b) Death.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Impeachment.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who publicly confronted Soviet Union Ambassador V. A. Zorin?

3. What disturbing news increased the danger of intercepting a Russian ship?

4. Who wrote the note saying, "I now know how Tojo felt when he was planning Pearl Harbor" (24)?

5. Who said, "they, no more than we, can let these things go by without doing something. They can't after all their statements, permit us to take out their missiles, kill a lot of Russians, and then do nothing. If they don't take action in Cuba, they certainly will in Berlin" (28)?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was one argument against a blockade?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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