A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Test | Final Test - Hard

Neil Sheehan
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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. For how many years during his childhood was John Paul Vann bounced between his two aunts and other friends and relatives?

2. What is Robert Komer's nickname, given to him by Cabot Lodge, Jr.?

3. Medical treatment centers are established by USOM to help what group of people?

4. Who is the provincial chief of this Vietnamese province, targeted for liberation?

5. With whom does John Paul Vann plot to re-take an entire province?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With whom did John Paul Vann spend a great amount of his time growing up? 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. When did Myrtle Lee Tripp's second husband, Frank Vann, finally adopt John Paul Vann as his son? Why did it take so long?

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

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

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

8. Why did General Harkins feel the way he did about John Paul Vann's report?

9. How and where did John Paul Vann die? Provide details.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on what you have read in the Sheehan book, please describe, compare, and contrast the overall war strategy of General Westmoreland and the North Vietnamese under Ho Chi Minh. How were the strategies different and which do you think was the better overall plan for victory? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Briefly outline the major influential factors in John Paul Vann's childhood from his earliest recollections until the time he joined the Armed forces. Please note the significant factors that may have had a strong influence on him as a boy and helped shape who he became as a man later on. To what extent do you feel his environment affected his personality (if at all)?

Essay Topic 3

Using what you know about John Paul Vann's personality and character, why do you think he was always getting into disagreements (sometimes heated arguments) with his superiors and others in positions of authority over him? Pick one or two instances from the text where John Paul Vann had a major difference of opinion with an authority figure and expound on whether or not you agreed with him.

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