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

2. What was the name of the first tanker to reach the barrier?
(a) Komiles.
(b) Bucharest.
(c) Essex.
(d) Gagarin.

3. Robert describes the conflict in Cuba as one between two atomic nations. What are the two atomic nations he refers to?
(a) US and Cuba.
(b) US and Germany.
(c) Berlin and Cuba.
(d) US and USSR.

4. What did Robert sarcastically claim to be the advantage to being wrong in the case of military action?
(a) All of the enemies would be destroyed.
(b) No one would be around to know.
(c) It was favored by the American people.
(d) America's nuclear power would keep other countries from voicing disapproval.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who presented the argument for a blockade?

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

4. How far was the original line of interception for the blockade?

5. Who intervened with the newspapers to delay the report of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What was one argument for a blockade?

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

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