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. Who wrote the letter responding to Khrushchev's first letter?

2. What does Robert claim can "best be judged by conflict, by debate" (86)?

3. Who would not allow Russian planes to refuel or land in Dakar?

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

5. What do men have the power to do today that they did not in past war making?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Who did JFK seek advice from? Why?

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

10. What does Robert tell is the final lesson learned in the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the powers of Congress and the Presidency using the JFK administration in Thirteen Days as a primary example.

Essay Topic 3

The Munich Agreement/Conference has influenced political decisions for many years since its occurrence. In an essay, describe what happened in Munich and compare and contrast this with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Is the Munich Agreement/Conference still relevant today? How so?

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