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

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

3. How many ships either stopped or turned back before reaching the blockade?
(a) 4.
(b) 25.
(c) 14.
(d) 10.

4. 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 leaders in OAS.
(c) The Prime Minister of Canada.
(d) The Chancellor of West Germany.

5. After making his decision, when was the President's speech to the nation scheduled for?
(a) Saturday afternoon.
(b) Sunday evening.
(c) Monday evening.
(d) Tuesday morning.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did John F. Kennedy call his brother, Robert, to the White House to discuss the photographs taken over Cuba?

2. What did JFK ask in a letter to Khrushchev after ordering the blockade?

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

4. What did JFK read aloud at a meeting with a Russian representative?

5. Why did JFK change the line of interception for the blockade?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Adlai Stevenson suggest was a third option for the President to consider? Why was it rejected?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What was one argument against a blockade?

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

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