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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) The OAS
(d) Britain.

2. What does Robert suggest the President use to get an opposite opinion if no one else will offer it?
(a) Random uninterested parties.
(b) Lobbyists.
(c) A devil's advocate.
(d) A sponsor.

3. Who was JFK communicating with on a daily basis?
(a) Robert.
(b) Khrushechev.
(c) U Thant.
(d) The OAS.

4. Robert tells he once heard World War Three would be fought with atomic weapons. What then would the next war be fought with?
(a) Sticks and stones.
(b) Atomic weapons.
(c) Swords and cannons.
(d) Guns and knives.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who said, "I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction" (67)?

3. Who was Tommy Thompson?

4. Who was approached by a Soviet Embassy official to offer a proposal for removing the missiles from Cuba?

5. What was the "final lesson" (95) learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

3. Analyze the simile "the leaders who lived through the crisis felt what it was like to peer over the precipice" (104)?

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

5. In the letter drafted by Robert and Sorenson in response to Khrushchev's letter received October 26th, what is the "first ingredient" (79) to a peaceful arrangement? Why?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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)?

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