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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 intervened with the newspapers to delay the report of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
(a) Ed Martin.
(b) Robert Kennedy.
(c) JFK.
(d) George Ball.

2. After the announcement to the nation, how often would Ex Comm meet?
(a) Every four hours.
(b) As needed.
(c) Every day at 10:00 a.m.
(d) Once a week.

3. What did Adlai Stevenson suggest that offended many members of Ex Comm?
(a) Both a blockade and an air strike.
(b) The nuclear bombardment of Cuba.
(c) The U.S. remove weapons from other countries in exchange for Russian removal of missiles.
(d) JFK should hold a summit before any action is taken.

4. Who said that Russia only wanted to "give bread to Cuba in order to prevent hunger in that country" (34)?
(a) Dobrynin.
(b) Castro.
(c) Khrushchev.
(d) Gromyko.

5. Who presented the United States case to the United Nations?
(a) JFK and Robert Kennedy.
(b) John McCone and Robert McNamara.
(c) David Shoup and John LeMay.
(d) Adlai Stevenson and John McCloy.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who said, "You are in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President" (29)?

3. Who was concerned about how the U.S. would convince the rest of the world that the blockade was necessary and legal?

4. Who does JFK meet with whom Robert claims he "trusted implicitly" (51)?

5. In which branch of government does Robert believe rank often plays a role?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. What was one argument for a blockade?

9. How does Berlin factor into the decision making about the Cuban Missile Crisis?

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

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