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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Robert Lovett represent for Kennedy?
(a) A bright new talent.
(b) A connection with the opposition.
(c) A link to previous administrations.
(d) A brilliant theoretical thinker.

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

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

4. What does Halberstam say was the result of the Chinese Revolution and the McCarthy period?
(a) The U.S. took pre-emptive action against Communism.
(b) The U.S. took an aggressive stance toward Communism.
(c) The U.S. sought out diplomatic solutions.
(d) The U.S. strengthened trade ties in Europe.

5. What did Kennedy ask Chester Bowles for advice on?
(a) Foreign policy.
(b) Campaigning.
(c) Military analysis.
(d) Budget cuts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. 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.

13. What was Kennedy's relationship with the press during his presidential campaign?
(a) He had a contentious relationship with the press.
(b) He had the support of most of the press.
(c) He had to quash a few stories that were critical to his campaign.
(d) He had a number of hostile enemies in the press.

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

15. Who was Kennedy's military analyst on the 1961 fact-finding mission?
(a) Maxwell Taylor.
(b) McGeorge Bundy.
(c) Chester Bowles.
(d) Robert McNamara.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Whom did Kennedy ask to be Secretary of State instead of Adlai Stevenson?

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

4. Which issue was NOT confronting the nation when the Kennedy administration took office?

5. How did McNamara achieve his goals while he was at Ford?

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