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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. Which problem did NOT arise for the Kennedy administration during 1961?
(a) Escalation of problems in Laos.
(b) Financial crisis.
(c) Arms race.
(d) Bay of Pigs invasion.

5. What had McNamara done by the time he took over as Secretary of Defense?
(a) Reviewed American foreign policy.
(b) Consulted with Kennedy about his goals and methods.
(c) Instituted successful reforms at Ford.
(d) Studied and identified the problems at the Pentagon.

6. Where does the book open?
(a) Washington, D.C.
(b) Kennedy's family home in Massachusetts.
(c) Vietnam.
(d) Kennedy's Georgetown townhouse.

7. Whose input did the French and Americans ignore about Vietnam, in Halberstam's account?
(a) Diplomats.
(b) Generals.
(c) Lower-level officers.
(d) Military advisers.

8. What does Halberstam say McNamara tried to do with his fact-finding missions to Vietnam?
(a) Provide a forum for dissenting soldiers.
(b) Conceal the deteriorating conditions.
(c) Protect the President.
(d) Publish the truth.

9. What was the recommendation that came out of the fact-finding mission of 1961?
(a) That the U.S. commit 20,000 troops.
(b) That the U.S. send 8,000 troops.
(c) That the U.S. commit military advisers.
(d) That the U.S. send 100,000 troops.

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

11. How big a margin did Kennedy win the presidency by?
(a) 1.5 million votes.
(b) 500,000 votes.
(c) 100,000 votes.
(d) 1,000,000 votes.

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

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

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

15. What does Halberstam say McNamara had done while he was at Ford?
(a) Innovated in the design of the production process.
(b) Raised the quality of the product without raising the cost.
(c) Created a fiscal crisis.
(d) Busted a unionization attempt.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Kennedy's position on the Cold War policies of his predecessors?

2. What position did the Kennedy administration take with regard to nuclear disarmament?

3. What did the Geneva Convention decide in Vietnam?

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

5. What were Diem and Nhu's politics relative to the Vietnamese population's politics?

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