Thirteen Days; a Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Test | Final 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. How many passengers were on the East German Passenger ship that approached the blockade?

2. Who would analyze Khrushchev's personal letter and make recommendations on October 27th?

3. Which country does Robert identify that originally doubted the U.S.'s position regarding Cuba?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Robert mean when he writes "no action is taken against a powerful adversary in a vacuum" (96)?

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

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

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)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Because of Khrushchev's clandestine behavior and known desire to take over Berlin, a comparison is made between him and Hitler. In an essay, compare and contrast Khrushchev and Hitler. In what key ways are they different? Focus on the events in Cuba and Munich.

Essay Topic 2

Cultural allusions are made to Munich and Pearl Harbor. In an essay, identify which of these events most closely resembles the Cuban Missile Crisis. Give details to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 3

The prospect of nuclear holocaust haunts several of the men involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis (and on both sides). In an essay, identify who felt strongly about nuclear holocaust and why. What is involved in a nuclear war? How many would die? Was nuclear holocaust actually possible? Use the novel to support your conclusions.

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