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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 does "Ex Comm" stand for?
(a) Executive Committee of the National Security Council.
(b) Executing Communication for the Cold War.
(c) Executive Communications with Cuba.
(d) Executing Communists.

2. Who unanimously pushed for immediate military action on Thursday October 18th?
(a) Congress.
(b) Americans.
(c) Ex Comm.
(d) The Joint Chiefs of Staff.

3. What type of non-fiction is Thirteen Days?
(a) Textbook.
(b) Essay.
(c) Biography.
(d) Memoir.

4. What was the main reason that the President did not attend all of the Ex Comm meetings?
(a) Important diplomatic duties.
(b) Busy schedule.
(c) Evasion of responsibility.
(d) To avoid arousing suspicion.

5. When looking at the first photographs of the missile bases in Cuba, what did JFK say it looked like?
(a) Swimming pool.
(b) Football field.
(c) Farm.
(d) Soccer field.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did John F. Kennedy call his brother, Robert, to the White House to discuss the photographs taken over Cuba?

2. What happened around 10:30, October 27th, the first day of the blockade?

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

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

5. Who told Ambassador Dobrynin about the President's intended speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was one argument against a blockade?

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

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

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

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

6. What was one argument for a blockade?

7. How did the US obtain their information about Russian activity in Cuba?

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

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

10. 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?

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