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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. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, what role did Congress play?
(a) Some were members of Ex Comm.
(b) They were informed.
(c) They helped formulate ideas.
(d) They declared war.

2. According to the Afterword, what did victory mean pre-1945?
(a) New land to govern.
(b) Disarming the enemy.
(c) Elimination of the enemy.
(d) Occupation of another country.

3. According to the Afterword, the Cuban Missile Crisis is important on how many levels?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Ten.
(d) Five.

4. Who handles all international problems for the U.S.?
(a) The Secretary of State.
(b) The Chief of Staff.
(c) The ambassadors.
(d) The CIA.

5. According to Robert in "The importance of placing ourselves in the other country's shoes," why was JFK reluctant to attack the missile sites after a U.S. U-2 was shot down?
(a) The Russians would be forced to retaliate.
(b) It would humiliate Castro.
(c) Too many innocents would die.
(d) The Cubans would attack

Short Answer Questions

1. What feeling does Robert believe Congress and the country is turning to but should not?

2. What countries were supporting the U.S. and recommending that the U.S. not give in to Soviet demands?

3. In a conversation between JFK and Robert, how far did JFK say that he wanted to push the Russians?

4. 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)?

5. Who testified to Congress in 1964 that "in the first hour [of all-out nuclear war] one hundred million Americans and one hundred million Russians would be killed" (104)?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the crisis was over, why did Kennedy not make a statement assigning credit for the success? And why did he instruct all involved not to provide one either?

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

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

4. How does an official from the Soviet Embassy deliver a message in an unorthodox manner? Why is it thought to be credible? What was the message?

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 says "that with respect to nuclear war there is an awesome crack between unlikelihood and impossibility" (105)?

7. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

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

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

10. 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?

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