This is a mini-packet of study questions to accompany the 2000 film, THIRTEEN DAYS, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Kevin Costner. There are ten open ended questions that deal with the history and politics in the movie and then several quotes from the movie that serve as essay prompts. Although this movie works (obviously) very well for an American History class, I showed this movie to my Spanish class during a unit on Cuba. There aren't very many materials on Cuba and my students were wondering why... some of them had heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis but didn't really know much about it, so I lobbied our school's academic dean and it was approved to add to our curriculum. It was a tense and eye-opening film. One warning: it's best for 10th grade and up. After the film one of my brighter and more thoughtful students came up to me and said, "Wow, I'm so glad we don't have all those missiles pointed at us still today..." It was pretty eye-opening what our students don't know. We want to protect them, but I think this was a good film for them to see. Highly educational, highly engaging. A must see!