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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. According to all of the discussions of removing missiles from Cuba, who would oversee the removal to be sure it was done?
(a) The U.S.
(b) The U.N.
(c) Britain.
(d) The OAS

2. When the Soviet Union refused to acknowledge the blockade, how often were low level flights conducted over Cuba?
(a) Five times a day.
(b) Every hour.
(c) Every two hours.
(d) Once a day.

3. What possibility does JFK say everyone must accept if there is an invasion of Cuba?
(a) The Russians may immediately fire nuclear weapons.
(b) The Cubans may surrender immediately.
(c) The U.S. may be unsuccessful.
(d) A missile may be fired at the U.S.

4. Where did JFK say, "Above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to the choice of either a humiliating defeat or a nuclear war" (97)?
(a) American University.
(b) Princeton University.
(c) Cornell University.
(d) Harvard University.

5. When JFK says, "this is the night I should go to the theater" (84), what famous historical figure is he referencing?
(a) Martin Luther King Jr.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) Harry S. Truman.
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many passengers were on the East German Passenger ship that approached the blockade?

2. At what time did the long and personal letter from Khrushchev come on October 26th?

3. Robert tells he once heard World War Three would be fought with atomic weapons. What then would the next war be fought with?

4. How did Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. die?

5. What do men have the power to do today that they did not in past war making?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does JFK view the military advisers recommending war? Why does he feel this way?

2. Why did JFK choose the Marucla for the first vessel to be boarded?

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

4. What does Robert mean when he says "that with respect to nuclear war there is an awesome crack between unlikelihood and impossibility" (105)?

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

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

7. Why does Robert believe that a devil's advocate is necessary for the President?

8. What does Robert tell is the final lesson learned in the Cuban Missile Crisis?

9. While still in communications with Khrushchev, RFK writes that "both 'hawks' and 'doves' sensed that our combination of limited force and diplomatic efforts had been unsuccessful" (64). What do the symbolic terms "hawks" and "doves" stand for?

10. What is JFK referencing when he says that "we are now in an entirely new ball game" (74)? What has changed?

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