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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whom did Kennedy want to act as Secretary of State?
(a) Adlai Stevenson.
(b) Chester Bowles.
(c) He was going to act as his own Secretary of State.
(d) He was going to abolish the position of Secretary of State.

2. On which issue does Halberstam say Kennedy compromised with the military?
(a) Bombing in the north.
(b) The use of jets.
(c) Free fire zones.
(d) The use of napalm.

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

4. What was Kennedy's position on the Cold War policies of his predecessors?
(a) He did not want to follow them.
(b) He was going to end them.
(c) He was going to improve on them.
(d) He was going to continue them.

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

6. What mistake had the Kennedy administration made in the Bay of Pigs invasion?
(a) They had underestimated the logistical difficulties of a landing.
(b) They had not supplied enough men and material.
(c) They had not checked the weather for the invasion.
(d) They had not seen that the Cuban people were not opposed to Castro.

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

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

9. How does Halberstam say Dean Rusk felt in the Kennedy administration?
(a) He felt like a new kid without enough respect.
(b) He felt like the smartest of the bunch.
(c) He felt like the spokesman of the party.
(d) He always felt like an outsider.

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

11. Who was named to head the U.S. command in Saigon in January 1962?
(a) Chester Bowles.
(b) Maxwell Taylor.
(c) Paul Harkins.
(d) Robert McNamara.

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

13. Whose theories had been used as the basis for expanded militarization in the late 1940s?
(a) Chester Bowles'.
(b) McGeorge Bundy's.
(c) Robert McNamara's.
(d) George Kennan's.

14. Which of these was NOT a point of disagreement between the White House and the military, in Halberstam's account?
(a) The use of jets.
(b) The free fire zones.
(c) The use of napalm.
(d) The commitment of advisers.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did Kennedy first send advisers to Vietnam?

3. What issue did Joseph McCarthy use to energize voters?

4. What does Halberstam say Americans were disunited about in the early 1960s?

5. What had Robert Lovett been before entering government?

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