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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 was JFK's feeling after meeting with a Russian representative after learning about missiles in Cuba?
(a) Displeased.
(b) Content.
(c) Rage.
(d) Depressed.

2. Who did JFK have a meeting with that was scheduled before the information about Cuba had been found?
(a) President Fidel Castro.
(b) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(c) Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.
(d) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.

3. Who does Robert speak to about the President's concern about missiles in Cuba on September 4th?
(a) Ambassador Dobrynin.
(b) The President.
(c) The Deputy Attorney General.
(d) Soviet Chairman Nikita Khrushchev.

4. Why did JFK change the line of interception for the blockade?
(a) To show force.
(b) To tighten the line.
(c) For safety.
(d) To buy time.

5. What did Ex Comm believe would happen if they put a blockade around Cuba?
(a) Russia would put a blockade around Berlin.
(b) Russia would use nuclear force.
(c) Cuba would give up.
(d) Cuba would bomb the naval fleet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was U Thant?

2. What does Robert believe often leads to war?

3. How long before the President's address to the nation did they tell the ambassador of Russia?

4. What did the intelligence community tell JFK on September 19th, regarding the possibility of Russians putting offensive weapons in Cuba?

5. What did JFK ask in a letter to Khrushchev after ordering the blockade?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the four reasons, that Neustadt and Allison provide, that JFK needed to act during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

2. How did Ex Comm formulate their recommendations to the President?

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

4. 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)?

5. After the Soviet's agree to a stand down, JFK makes an analogy between himself and Abraham Lincoln. What does he say and what does it mean?

6. What does Robert mean when he writes "no action is taken against a powerful adversary in a vacuum" (96)?

7. Why is the "great danger and risk in all of this . . . a miscalculation -- a mistake in judgment" (49)?

8. 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?

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

10. Why would JFK's initial response to the discovery of missiles in Cuba be "He can't do that to me" (115)?

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