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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where does Halberstam say McNamara found people to work under him as Secretary of Defense?
(a) England.
(b) Academia.
(c) The auto industry.
(d) Boeing.

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

4. 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.

5. When did Kennedy become well known in Washington?
(a) In the 1960 campaign.
(b) During the Cuban Missile Crisis.
(c) When he first entered politics.
(d) In his race for Senate.

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

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

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

9. What does Halberstam say was the state of tensions within the White House as involvement in Vietnam escalated?
(a) There were many disagreements.
(b) Anyone who disagreed with Kennedy was removed.
(c) Long and open debates brought new ideas to the policies.
(d) Aides gathered around Kennedy's will.

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

11. 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 midwesterner among East-coast men.
(c) He felt like a socialist among capitalists.
(d) He felt like a relic of previous administrations.

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

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

14. Which situation had the biggest effect on the Kennedy administration in 1961?
(a) The Bay of Pigs.
(b) The Gulf of Tonkin incident.
(c) The financial crisis.
(d) China policy.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Halberstam say was the sense in the Kennedy administration as they came into office?

3. What issue had Kennedy and Dean Rusk had to discuss when Dean Rusk was offered the Secretary of State job?

4. Where does the book open?

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

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