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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. Who sent messages praising Russia and castigating the U.S.?
(a) Ted Sorensen.
(b) Bertrand Russell.
(c) David Ormsby Gore.
(d) Fidel Castro.

2. When Robert meets with Dobrynin after the blockade is put into effect, what does Dobrynin say the ships will do?
(a) Turn back to Russia.
(b) Continue as planned.
(c) Re-route to another country.
(d) Take military action against boarders.

3. How many Americans could potentially have died within minutes of the known missiles being fired off as of October 18th?
(a) Eighty million.
(b) Eight hundred.
(c) Eighty thousand.
(d) Eight million.

4. What did JFK ask in a letter to Khrushchev after ordering the blockade?
(a) All shipes to turn back.
(b) For Khrushchev to leave Berlin out of their deliberations.
(c) For Khrushchev to observe the quarantine.
(d) All missiles to be handed over.

5. What did Secretary McNamara do, despite his dissent to the strategy?
(a) Sent communication to Khrushchev for a summit.
(b) Ordered the blockade.
(c) Prepared the military for air bombardments.
(d) Prepared the documents to release Berlin to Russia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who suggested that the US take military action against Cuba for America's safety, not knowing about the missiles?

2. What disturbing news increased the danger of intercepting a Russian ship?

3. Who presented the United States case to the United Nations?

4. What did JFK order into the air at all times until the crisis was over?

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

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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What was one argument for a blockade?

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