A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam 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 long is the projected worst-case scenario for U.S. involvement in Vietnam?

2. Which person becomes a sort of father figure to John Paul Vann?

3. Which religious group does President Ngo Dinh Diem persecute most severely?

4. By 1967, how many acres of land (approximately) are destroyed by fighting, napalm, and chemical agent use throughout Vietnam?

5. In what year is John Paul Vann born?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who offers John Paul Vann a position as part of a national "brain trust" on Vietnam? What was John Paul Vann's reaction?

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

3. How did John Paul Vann react to the ARVN "victory" at Ap Bac? How did General Harkins accept John Paul Vann's assessment?

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

5. Was John Paul Vann content to fulfill his new duties? Why or why not?

6. What do we know about John Paul Vann's lineage?

7. What did General Westmoreland feel was the key to victory?

8. What kind of a person was Frank Vann?

9. Following the conflicting stories regarding the success of the Battle of Ap Bac, how did Washington, DC, respond?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Vietnam War era is one characterized by controversy and uncertainty. What were some of the reasons why the U.S. military's efforts in Vietnam were seen in such a negative light "back home" in America? Why was there growing pressure to end the war and bring the troops home? What were some of the contributing factors that caused America to finally end their presence in Vietnam?

Essay Topic 2

What were some of the staple foods in the Vann home? How did this particular diet affect the health and psychological well-being of the children? Which of John Paul Vann's parents was the primary cook and provider? Why?

Essay Topic 3

What were some of John Paul Vann's specific duties and responsibilities as a civilian member of the Agency for International Development (AID) in Vietnam? How did the efforts of this agency improve the conditions of the war for combatants and innocents alike? Was John Paul Vann satisfied with the scope of his AID directives? If not, why not? What more did he feel he needed to do?

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