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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. When looking at the first photographs of the missile bases in Cuba, what did JFK say it looked like?
(a) Football field.
(b) Soccer field.
(c) Farm.
(d) Swimming pool.

2. Who was concerned about how the U.S. would convince the rest of the world that the blockade was necessary and legal?
(a) The French President.
(b) The Prime Minister of Canada.
(c) The leaders in OAS.
(d) The Chancellor of West Germany.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is SAM an acronym for?

3. After the announcement to the nation, how often would Ex Comm meet?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What was one argument for a blockade?

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

7. What did Ambassador Dobrynin provide as evidence that USSR would not be a threat to the United States?

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

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

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

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