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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 did the intelligence community tell JFK on September 19th, regarding the possibility of Russians putting offensive weapons in Cuba?
(a) Russia would not put offensive weapons in Cuba.
(b) Russia would use offensive weapons if in Cuba.
(c) Russia would put offensive weapons in Cuba, but they would not be a threat.
(d) Russia would put offensive weapons in Cuba.

2. Against what strategy was the following argument used: It would be like "closing the door after the horse has left the barn" (28)?
(a) Nuclear War.
(b) Summit.
(c) Air stike.
(d) Blockade.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What piece of information caused JFK to favor the blockade?

2. What was one recommendation from the military action plan?

3. What was JFK's feeling after meeting with a Russian representative after learning about missiles in Cuba?

4. Who wrote the note saying, "I now know how Tojo felt when he was planning Pearl Harbor" (24)?

5. On October 18th, photographs showed what disturbing new information?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

6. What did the letter received October 23rd from Khrushchev imply about the U.S. and the repercussions the U.S. may expect?

7. What made the prospect of war unbearable to JFK?

8. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

9. What is one example Robert provides of a devil's advocate working?

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

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