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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Chester Bowles think was the most important issue to confront?
(a) Budget cuts.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Military expansion.
(d) Race issues.

2. Why hadn't Roosevelt stopped the French from returning to Indochina after the war, in Halberstam's account?
(a) He did not have the authority to.
(b) There was no post-war plan to prevent them.
(c) He could not get a censure from the United Nations.
(d) He needed France for its support of American monetary policy.

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

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

5. What were Eleanor Roosevelt's feelings about Kennedy?
(a) She resented his inexperience.
(b) She distrusted his Catholicism.
(c) She admired his leadership.
(d) She did not entirely trust him.

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

7. Why does Halberstam say Harkins had a hard time firing one of his people in the Mekong Delta?
(a) He knew the person needing to be fired personally.
(b) He was discouraged from using his authority.
(c) He was told that everything was under control there.
(d) He was told that there would be too many repercussions.

8. Which issue was NOT confronting the nation when the Kennedy administration took office?
(a) China policy.
(b) Missiles.
(c) Reconstruction.
(d) Civil rights.

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

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

11. What issue had Kennedy and Dean Rusk had to discuss when Dean Rusk was offered the Secretary of State job?
(a) Family values.
(b) Finances.
(c) Personal morality.
(d) Rusk's Judaism.

12. What had Robert Lovett been before entering government?
(a) An insurance salesman.
(b) A career military officer.
(c) An investment banker.
(d) An automobile executive.

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

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

15. What was Kennedy in the process of doing at the beginning of the book?
(a) Assembling an administration.
(b) Serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
(c) Campaigning for president.
(d) Winning the election for president.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Kennedy represent to Eleanor Roosevelt's followers?

2. What does Halberstam say McNamara tried to do with his fact-finding missions to Vietnam?

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

4. Whom did Robert Lovett recommend to Kennedy for Secretary of State?

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

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