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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. Before the announcement could be made that there was a Cuban Missile Crisis, what did the press report on instead of the crisis?
(a) The normal news.
(b) The President would make a speech.
(c) The secret meetings of Ex Comm.
(d) The OAS meeting.

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

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

4. What was one recommendation from the military action plan?
(a) Nuclear bombardment of Russia.
(b) Nuclear bombardment of Cuba.
(c) Permission granted by the UN.
(d) A warning sent to Khrushchev.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Robert suggest JFK do on September 4th regarding the possibility of Russia placing missiles in Cuba?

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

4. What piece of information caused JFK to favor the blockade?

5. What did Ex Comm believe would happen if they put a blockade around Cuba?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the letter drafted by Robert and Sorenson in response to Khrushchev's letter received October 26th, what is the "first ingredient" (79) to a peaceful arrangement? Why?

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

3. How does an official from the Soviet Embassy deliver a message in an unorthodox manner? Why is it thought to be credible? What was the message?

4. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

5. What did the "Quemoy-Matsu" formula attempt to do?

6. What does Robert mean when he says "that with respect to nuclear war there is an awesome crack between unlikelihood and impossibility" (105)?

7. How was the official letter sent by the Soviets on October 27th different from the letter sent October 26th?

8. Why does Robert believe that a devil's advocate is necessary for the President?

9. Why does Robert claim that "we cannot be an island even if we wished; nor can we successfully separate ourselves from the rest of the world" (94)?

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

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