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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. Why did JFK change the line of interception for the blockade?
(a) To buy time.
(b) For safety.
(c) To show force.
(d) To tighten the line.

2. What did Ex Comm believe would happen if they put a blockade around Cuba?
(a) Russia would use nuclear force.
(b) Cuba would bomb the naval fleet.
(c) Russia would put a blockade around Berlin.
(d) Cuba would give up.

3. Who was U Thant?
(a) Acting Secretary General of the United Nations.
(b) Soviet Ambassador to the United Nations.
(c) Secretary of Defense.
(d) Soviet Chairman.

4. What was Robert's main argument against a surprise attack?
(a) Christian morality.
(b) Ineffectiveness of attack.
(c) America's traditions and history.
(d) Cowardice of surprise.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Adlai Stevenson suggest that offended many members of Ex Comm?

2. In the section entitled, "It was now up to one single man," when did JFK hope to broadcast his plan to the nation?

3. What is SAM an acronym for?

4. What does Robert claim was impossible for Ex Comm to come up with when making their recommendations to JFK?

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

2. What was one argument against a blockade?

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

4. Why does RFK slip the President a note saying "I now know how Tojo felt when he was planning Pearl Harbor" (25)? How do the situations compare?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was ironic about JFK's meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrea Gromyko?

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