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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. What phrase below best describes the relationship of Frank Vann with his sons?
(a) Loving, but unable to provide much of a living.
(b) Loving and well-off.
(c) Drunken and abusive.
(d) Unavailable because of his hectic work schedule.

2. How many students (estimated) are arrested and sent to jail during the riots?
(a) 750.
(b) 1,000.
(c) 250.
(d) 500.

3. John Paul Vann is sent to build schools and help refugees in many areas that:
(a) Could be exploited for resources.
(b) Were loyal to the United States.
(c) Sympathized with the VC.
(d) Were burned to the ground.

4. Who is Myrtle Tripp's first husband?
(a) Ed Williams.
(b) Arthur Price.
(c) Victor LeGay.
(d) Frank Vann.

5. How many children do John Paul Vann and his wife have?
(a) 4.
(b) 3.
(c) 2.
(d) 5.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does John Paul Vann, Ramsey, and a few others send a new strategic proposal to Washington, DC?

2. Which U.S. general becomes the object of ridicule among the American advisers and fighting personnel?

3. During 1967, John Paul Vann is working to set up the which organization?

4. In what year does Cabot Lodge, Jr., arrive in Vietnam?

5. What is the original name for the Agency for International Development (AID)?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was John Paul Vann's strategy for turning the war in the United States' favor? How did this differ from the U.S. policy at the time?

2. Who was the most influential and first real friend that John Paul Vann had? Why did this person have such an impact on John Paul Vann's life?

3. Following the inconclusive, but embarrassing, result of Ap Bac, General Huynh Van Cao launched a dummy attack on the same location. Why did he do this? What was the result?

4. What did this situation make John Paul Vann realize?

5. In what year did John Paul Vann retire from the Army? When and how did he return to Vietnam?

6. What were some of John Paul Vann's assigned duties upon his return to Vietnam?

7. What prominent CIA figure eventually adopted and promoted John Paul Vann's assessment of the Vietnam War? Why was this person important?

8. Which parent did the majority of the household chores in the Vann home? Why?

9. One of the unique features of the Vietnam War was the war correspondent (a special type of journalist) that went to the war zone and reported on what was happening there. How did this affect how the U.S. military commanders conducted the war?

10. By this time, what was the political situation in Saigon?

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