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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 21-22.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Halberstam say was the problem with the Kennedy administration's pragmatism?
(a) It was grounded in academic theory.
(b) There were too many crises at once.
(c) It was not backed with muscular diplomacy.
(d) It did not have real-world experience.

2. Who does Halberstam say was especially vocal in calling for a change in U.S. Vietnam policy?
(a) McGeorge Bundy.
(b) General Westmoreland.
(c) Averell Harriman.
(d) Maxwell Taylor.

3. How long had Ho Chi Minh's communism associations been known to the U.S., in Halberstam's account?
(a) Since 1946.
(b) Since 1941.
(c) Since 1931.
(d) Since 1954.

4. What does Halberstam say Americans were united about in the early 1960s?
(a) The need to establish military supremacy.
(b) The need to fight Communism.
(c) The need to grant civil rights.
(d) The need to balance the budget.

5. What problem does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor had in Vietnam?
(a) Taylor could not get honest reporting.
(b) Taylor could not convince his superiors that conditions were bad.
(c) Taylor could not understand how the Vietcong withstood the bombings.
(d) Taylor could not control things like he had elsewhere.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event does Halberstam say triggered bombing operations against the North?

2. What had McNamara done by the time he took over as Secretary of Defense?

3. What position did Maxwell Taylor begin to support as a result of his late 1964 trip to Vietnam?

4. What did the Geneva Convention decide in Vietnam?

5. What does Halberstam say marked the end of the generals' faith in Diem?

(see the answer key)

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