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

2. What type of non-fiction is Thirteen Days?
(a) Textbook.
(b) Biography.
(c) Essay.
(d) Memoir.

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

4. What was one requirement of the blockade plan?
(a) A promise to withdraw weapons from Berlin.
(b) That no ships could pass the blockade.
(c) A meeting with the Organization of American States.
(d) All ship that enter the blockade be inspected.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How long before the President's address to the nation did they tell the ambassador of Russia?

2. After making his decision, when was the President's speech to the nation scheduled for?

3. 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)?

4. What statement did the Russians make public on September 11th?

5. Who sent messages praising Russia and castigating the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the military and JFK do to respond to the submarine situation?

3. What other actions did the U.S. take besides the blockade?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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