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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did McNamara achieve his goals while he was at Ford?
(a) He got his people to compete against each other.
(b) He inspired his underlings with rhetoric.
(c) He intimidated his inferiors.
(d) He used a bonus system.

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

3. How long had Ho Chi Minh's communism associations been known to the U.S., in Halberstam's account?
(a) Since 1954.
(b) Since 1931.
(c) Since 1941.
(d) Since 1946.

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

5. When did Kennedy first send advisers to Vietnam?
(a) October 1961.
(b) May 1962.
(c) June 1963.
(d) February 1962.

6. What made McGeorge Bundy an effective administrator?
(a) He did not brook opposition.
(b) He had a rigid sense of principle.
(c) He could sense what others were thinking and what they needed.
(d) He listened to others and used their ideas.

7. What state does Halberstam say the Vietcong were in when Kennedy sent the fact-finding mission in 1961?
(a) They were committed and had good leadership.
(b) They were fragmented and plagued with in-fighting.
(c) They had opposition in the civilian populace.
(d) They were using guerilla tactics ineffectively.

8. 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) McCarthy had purged Communists from American politics.
(c) Russia and China had split.
(d) Cuba had instituted its own version of Communism.

9. What measures does Halberstam say Washington, D.C. took when the soldiers dissented over conditions?
(a) They held Congressional hearings.
(b) They repressed the dissent.
(c) They held town hall meeting where soldiers could air their views.
(d) They arrested any soldiers who spoke against the government.

10. What policy did Rostow support in Vietnam?
(a) Battleship diplomacy.
(b) An appeasement policy.
(c) A policy of rapprochement.
(d) An aggressive anti-Communist policy.

11. What did Kennedy represent to Eleanor Roosevelt's followers?
(a) The new breed.
(b) Old guard.
(c) Foreigners.
(d) Businessmen.

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

13. How does Halberstam say Lyndon Johnson felt in the Kennedy administration?
(a) He felt like a teacher among his students.
(b) He felt like a relic of previous administrations.
(c) He felt like a midwesterner among East-coast men.
(d) He felt like a socialist among capitalists.

14. Why was Chester Bowles assigned to a different position?
(a) He had been caught saying embarrassing things on an open mic.
(b) He had leaked confidential information to the press.
(c) He had quarreled with Bobby Kennedy over who was in charge in Kennedy's absence.
(d) He had disgraced himself by having an affair with one of his pages.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why didn't Kennedy offer the position of Secretary of State to McGeorge Bundy?

3. What does Halberstam say was Robert McNamara's role in the White House policy discussions?

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

5. What had McNamara done by the time he took over as Secretary of Defense?

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