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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What policies had Robert Lovett been involved in crafting?
(a) The Marshall plan.
(b) Treaties with China and Russia.
(c) Changes to Medicare.
(d) A reorganization of the military.

3. What did Robert Lovett remember about Kennedy after the assassination?
(a) Kennedy's youth and inexperience.
(b) Kennedy's romantic ideology.
(c) Kennedy's kindness and consideration.
(d) Kennedy's weakness in the face of challenges.

4. What did Kennedy ask Chester Bowles for advice on?
(a) Foreign policy.
(b) Military analysis.
(c) Budget cuts.
(d) Campaigning.

5. Whom had Eleanor Roosevelt wanted Kennedy to appoint as Secretary of State?
(a) Dean Rusk.
(b) Robert McNamara.
(c) Chester Bowles.
(d) Adlai Stevenson.

6. When Kennedy did not authorize more troops, what does Halberstam say he told the Pentagon?
(a) To prepare a larger engagement.
(b) To plan to redeploy combat troops.
(c) To develop plans to expand the war to Cambodia.
(d) To develop an exit strategy.

7. What does Halberstam say Americans were disunited about in the early 1960s?
(a) How to establish peace.
(b) How to go about fighting Communism.
(c) How to balance the budget.
(d) How to reduce nuclear weapons.

8. 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 commitment of advisers.
(c) The use of jets.
(d) The free fire zones.

9. How did the Kennedy administration see the war in Vietnam?
(a) As a boon to the military contractors.
(b) As a diversion from domestic problems.
(c) As a gift to Asian allies.
(d) As a war against Communism.

10. What position had Robert Lovett been appointed to in 1947?
(a) Undersecretary of State.
(b) Secretary of the Interior.
(c) Secretary of State.
(d) Secretary of Defense.

11. Why didn't Kennedy offer the position of Secretary of State to J. William Fulbright?
(a) Fulbright was too old and conservative.
(b) Fulbright did not have the support of Negroes or Jews.
(c) Fulbright had some unresolved scandals in his past.
(d) Fublright was too young and inexperienced.

12. What was the logic behind the U.S.'s actions after the 1961 fact-finding mission?
(a) Further delay would defuse the situation.
(b) A show of force would intimidate the Vietcong.
(c) Wait for the Vietnamese elections.
(d) Inaction would allow trade to develop.

13. Where was the war going well, at the time when the White House was losing faith in Diem, according to Halberstam?
(a) Around Saigon.
(b) In Quang Nam.
(c) In the Mekong Delta.
(d) In Pleiku.

14. When did Kennedy become well known in Washington?
(a) In his race for Senate.
(b) In the 1960 campaign.
(c) During the Cuban Missile Crisis.
(d) When he first entered politics.

15. What committee had Kennedy served on in the Senate?
(a) Military Affairs Committee.
(b) Banking and Finance Committee.
(c) Foreign Relations Committee.
(d) Judiciary Committee.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the fact-finding mission discover at about the time of the problem with the Buddhist monks?

2. Whose input did the French and Americans ignore about Vietnam, in Halberstam's account?

3. What does Halberstam say was the state of tensions within the White House as involvement in Vietnam escalated?

4. How does Halberstam say McNamara learned about the affairs in Vietnam?

5. Whose theories had been used as the basis for expanded militarization in the late 1940s?

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