Thirteen Days; a Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who publicly confronted Soviet Union Ambassador V. A. Zorin?

2. What statement did the Russians make public on September 11th?

3. What might have happened to the President if he had not acted?

4. Who said, "You are in a pretty bad fix, Mr. President" (29)?

5. After making his decision, when was the President's speech to the nation scheduled for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the "great danger and risk in all of this . . . a miscalculation -- a mistake in judgment" (49)?

2. When was Congress told, and how did Congress react to the news of the Cuban Missile Crisis?

3. After the blockade takes effect, RFK meets with Dobrynin again. What do they discuss?

4. Why does JFK bring up the book The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman?

5. How did RFK feel about his fellow members of in Ex Comm?

6. How did JFK feel about the reaction from Congress when he informed them about the crisis and his plans?

7. Why does RFK defend Adlai Stevenson's suggestion?

8. How did the US obtain their information about Russian activity in Cuba?

9. What was ironic about JFK's meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrea Gromyko?

10. Why did the Intelligence Community not believe Cuba was a threat to the United States?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, analyze the validity of the nuclear paradox. What scenarios have shown this paradox to be true? Did Khrushchev's removal of missiles from Cuba signal his unwillingness to go to nuclear war?

Essay Topic 2

The extended metaphor of a knot being tied illustrates the tensions that were forming between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. In an essay, analyze the metaphor in detail. Is it an effective metaphor?

Essay Topic 3

In an essay compare the "hawks" and "doves" from Thirteen Days. What does the symbol mean? Who was a hawk? A dove? How do the symbols help to illustrate their differences?

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