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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. What position did Robert hold in the Kennedy administration?
(a) Press Secretary.
(b) Attorney General.
(c) Senator.
(d) Secretary of Defense.

2. What might have happened to the President if he had not acted?
(a) Death.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Impeachment.
(d) Public humiliation.

3. What piece of information caused JFK to favor the blockade?
(a) No guarantee of all missiles being destroyed.
(b) Russian promise to use nuclear weapons against Berlin.
(c) No guarantee that American lives would not be lost.
(d) The Russian demand to remove bombs from Turkey.

4. Who does JFK meet with whom Robert claims he "trusted implicitly" (51)?
(a) Ambassador David Ormsby-Gore.
(b) Secretary Adlai Stevenson.
(c) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(d) Secretary John McNamara.

5. In the section "Tuesday morning, October 16, 1962 . . .," why were initial reports of missiles in Cuba not passed on to the President?
(a) They were lies.
(b) They were passed on to the President, but were ignored.
(c) They needed to be rechecked.
(d) They were reports from double agents.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is SAM an acronym for?

3. Who did Robert admire and who also began attending meetings after the meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

4. Robert describes the conflict in Cuba as one between two atomic nations. What are the two atomic nations he refers to?

5. Who said that Russia only wanted to "give bread to Cuba in order to prevent hunger in that country" (34)?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What distinguishes Thirteen Days as a memoir (besides the subtitle) and not just an autobiography?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. What was one argument against a blockade?

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

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