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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 23-24.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why didn't Kennedy offer the position of Secretary of State to David Bruce?
(a) Bruce was felt to be too conservative.
(b) Bruce was felt to be too young.
(c) Bruce was felt to be too old.
(d) Bruce was felt to be too academic.

2. Which of these was NOT a point of disagreement between the White House and the military, in Halberstam's account?
(a) The use of napalm.
(b) The use of jets.
(c) The commitment of advisers.
(d) The free fire zones.

3. What did the fact-finding mission discover at about the time of the problem with the Buddhist monks?
(a) The U.S. was unprepared for guerilla warfare.
(b) Vast corruption.
(c) The North was expanding its recruitment.
(d) Diem was not on top of the situation.

4. Whom did Kennedy ask to be Secretary of State instead of Adlai Stevenson?
(a) Dean Rusk.
(b) Robert McNamara.
(c) Chester Bowles.
(d) McGeorge Bundy.

5. Who oversaw domestic operations of the operation code named 34A?
(a) Maxwell Taylor.
(b) General Westmoreland.
(c) General Harkins.
(d) McGeorge Bundy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Halberstam say was the result of the Chinese Revolution and the McCarthy period?

2. What movement regarding the war does Halberstam say started at the University of California in Berkeley?

3. What does Halberstam say happened when control shifted out of Taylor's hands in March and April 1965?

4. Which issue was NOT confronting the nation when the Kennedy administration took office?

5. In what way does Halberstam say that Lyndon Johnson resembled Kennedy in his management style?

(see the answer key)

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