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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who said, " You are in the courtroom of world opinion right now, and you can answer yes or no. You have denied that they exist, and I want to know whether or I have understood you correctly" (58)?
(a) Adlai Stevenson.
(b) Don Wilson.
(c) V. A. Zorin.
(d) Pierre Salinger.

2. Why does Khrushchev claim the Soviet Union has placed missiles in Cuba?
(a) To fire upon all major U.S. cities.
(b) To potect the Soviet people in Cuba.
(c) To provoke the U.S. into war.
(d) To prevent the U.S. from invading.

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

4. What word would best complete the following quote? "No action is taken against a powerful adversary in a _____________" (96).
(a) War.
(b) Benign manner.
(c) Vacuum.
(d) Nuclear world.

5. What two items were added to the embargo list after the successful boarding of the Marucla?
(a) Gasoline and automobiles.
(b) Petroleum oil and lubricants.
(c) Weapons and steele.
(d) Baby food and bread.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When the Soviet Union refused to acknowledge the blockade, how often were low level flights conducted over Cuba?

3. What extended metaphor does Khrushchev use to conclude his letter from October 26th?

4. What does the change in attitude from the letter received on the 26th and the letter received on the 27th suggest?

5. Who did JFK believe should take public credit for the end of the missile crisis?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

4. Khrushchev uses several metaphors in his letter to JFK. What is one metaphor and what does it mean?

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

6. How did Africa play a role in the Cuban Missile Crisis?

7. In the letter received October 26th, what does Khrushchev claim is the reason he sent weapons to Cuba?

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

9. What did RFK believe was wrong with the letter drafted by the State Department that was written in response to the letter received October 27th, and what did he suggest they write instead?

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

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