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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 entitled, "It was now up to one single man," when did JFK hope to broadcast his plan to the nation?
(a) Sunday.
(b) Never.
(c) Tuesday.
(d) Monday.

2. Who unanimously pushed for immediate military action on Thursday October 18th?
(a) Ex Comm.
(b) Congress.
(c) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(d) Americans.

3. Who publicly confronted Soviet Union Ambassador V. A. Zorin?
(a) Adlai Stevenson.
(b) Bertrand Russell.
(c) Ted Sorensen.
(d) David Ormsby Gore.

4. Who said, "You are in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President" (29)?
(a) John F. Kennedy.
(b) General LeMay.
(c) General Shoup.
(d) Robert F. Kennedy.

5. What is SAM an acronym for?
(a) Strategy against missiles.
(b) Surface attack mission.
(c) Surface-to-air-missile.
(d) Submarine aquatic mission.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one effect of pressure, according to Robert?

2. What was the main reason that the President did not attend all of the Ex Comm meetings?

3. What was the "legal foundation" (40) for the blockade?

4. In the section "Tuesday morning, October 16, 1962 . . .," why were initial reports of missiles in Cuba not passed on to the President?

5. Who said, "if the Russians' response makes a military action or invasion inevitable, I want to be able to feel that we will not have to waste any days having to get ready" (47).

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What was one argument for a blockade?

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

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

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

7. How did the US obtain their information about Russian activity in Cuba?

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

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

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

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