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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. When Kennedy did not authorize more troops, what does Halberstam say he told the Pentagon?
(a) To develop an exit strategy.
(b) To develop plans to expand the war to Cambodia.
(c) To prepare a larger engagement.
(d) To plan to redeploy combat troops.

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

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

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

8. What family was McGeorge Bundy descended from?
(a) The New England Lowells.
(b) The New York Blisses.
(c) The Roosevelts.
(d) The Rockefellers.

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

10. What does Halberstam say Americans were united about in the early 1960s?
(a) The need to establish military supremacy.
(b) The need to grant civil rights.
(c) The need to balance the budget.
(d) The need to fight Communism.

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

12. What does Halberstam say was Robert McNamara's role in the White House policy discussions?
(a) McNamara followed the will of the other advisers.
(b) McNamara dominated discussions.
(c) McNamara enforced Kennedy's will.
(d) McNamara filled in the details of others' plans.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the problem with the Buddhist monks begin?

2. What policy did Rostow support in Vietnam?

3. How long had Ho Chi Minh's communism associations been known to the U.S., in Halberstam's account?

4. What rule does Halberstam say Kennedy was following in trying to appoint a Secretary of State?

5. What committee had Kennedy served on in the Senate?

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