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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many soldiers had the U.S. sent to Vietnam in its first commitment of troops?
(a) 100,000 troops.
(b) 400 Special forces and 3,000 troops.
(c) 8 military advisers.
(d) 20,000 troops.

2. What had happened to reduce the Communism threat by the time McNamara took over as Secretary of Defense?
(a) Cuba had instituted its own version of Communism.
(b) Russia and China had split.
(c) McCarthy had purged Communists from American politics.
(d) Communism had failed in North Korea.

3. What did Robert Lovett represent for Kennedy?
(a) A brilliant theoretical thinker.
(b) A connection with the opposition.
(c) A link to previous administrations.
(d) A bright new talent.

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

5. How did Kennedy's followers feel about Chester Bowles' ideas?
(a) They did not appreciate them.
(b) They were antithetical to them.
(c) They were looking for ways to follow them.
(d) They were inspired by them.

6. What family was McGeorge Bundy descended from?
(a) The New York Blisses.
(b) The New England Lowells.
(c) The Roosevelts.
(d) The Rockefellers.

7. What was Kennedy's relationship with the press during his presidential campaign?
(a) He had the support of most of the press.
(b) He had a contentious relationship with the press.
(c) He had to quash a few stories that were critical to his campaign.
(d) He had a number of hostile enemies in the press.

8. Whom did Robert Lovett recommend to Kennedy for Secretary of State?
(a) Dean Rusk.
(b) McGeorge Bundy.
(c) Chester Bowles.
(d) Robert McNamara.

9. What kind of reports does Halberstam say would come from the head of the U.S. command after his 1962 appointment?
(a) Reports that were imperial propaganda.
(b) Unrealistic reports.
(c) Highly detailed reports.
(d) Pragmatic and diplomatic reports.

10. How did Kennedy see Adlai Stevenson?
(a) He saw Adlai Stevenson as principled.
(b) He saw Adlai Stevenson as an ideologue.
(c) He saw Adlai Stevenson as indecisive.
(d) He saw Adlai Stevenson as lazy.

11. How does Halberstam say McNamara learned about the affairs in Vietnam?
(a) By talking to people.
(b) By seeing for himself.
(c) By reading reports.
(d) By conducting academic studies.

12. Why did Robert Lovett demur about being appointed in the Kennedy administration?
(a) He had health problems.
(b) He did not like Kennedy.
(c) He was in financial trouble.
(d) He was newly a father.

13. How does Halberstam say Dean Rusk felt about his interview with Kennedy for the Secretary of State job?
(a) He did not know whether he could serve under Kennedy.
(b) He felt he had not been articulate enough.
(c) Superbly.
(d) Not well.

14. Which cabinet member was opposed to the Bay of Pigs invasion?
(a) Robert McNamara.
(b) Dean Rusk.
(c) McGeorge Bundy.
(d) Chester Bowles.

15. Where did the first confrontation take place in Indochina?
(a) Cambodia.
(b) Vietnam.
(c) Malaysia.
(d) Laos.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Kennedy ask Chester Bowles for advice on?

2. On which issue does Halberstam say the military lost its battle with the White House?

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

4. What was the logic behind the U.S.'s actions after the 1961 fact-finding mission?

5. What rule does Halberstam say Kennedy was following in trying to appoint a Secretary of State?

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