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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 does JFK meet with whom Robert claims he "trusted implicitly" (51)?
(a) Secretary John McNamara.
(b) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(c) Ambassador David Ormsby-Gore.
(d) Secretary Adlai Stevenson.

2. What position did John McCloy one hold?
(a) Cheif Justice for the Supreme Court.
(b) Secretary of State.
(c) High Commissioner to Germany.
(d) Ambassador to Russia.

3. Who said, "if the Russians' response makes a military action or invasion inevitable, I want to be able to feel that we will not have to waste any days having to get ready" (47).
(a) General Shoup.
(b) JFK.
(c) Secretary McNamara.
(d) General LeMay.

4. Who said, "It is exactly what I would have done . . . a great government such as yours does not act without evidence" (41)?
(a) Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
(b) Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
(c) General de Gaulle.
(d) Dean Acheson.

5. How long before the President's address to the nation did they tell the ambassador of Russia?
(a) An hour.
(b) Twelve hours.
(c) One day.
(d) Five minutes.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the members of Ex Comm avoid arousing suspicion when visiting the White House at 9:15 at night?

2. What is SAM an acronym for?

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

4. What was the main reason that the President did not attend all of the Ex Comm meetings?

5. After the announcement to the nation, how often would Ex Comm meet?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. How and where did Adlai Stevenson present the photographic evidence of missiles in Cuba?

8. What did the military and JFK do to respond to the submarine situation?

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

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

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