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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many troops were in Vietnam when Kennedy was assassinated?
(a) 200,000.
(b) 3,000.
(c) 5,000.
(d) 20,000.

2. What had McNamara done by the time he took over as Secretary of Defense?
(a) Consulted with Kennedy about his goals and methods.
(b) Reviewed American foreign policy.
(c) Studied and identified the problems at the Pentagon.
(d) Instituted successful reforms at Ford.

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

4. Whose input did the French and Americans ignore about Vietnam, in Halberstam's account?
(a) Lower-level officers.
(b) Military advisers.
(c) Generals.
(d) Diplomats.

5. What did Chester Bowles think was the most important issue to confront?
(a) Race issues.
(b) Budget cuts.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Military expansion.

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

7. How did Kennedy's followers feel about Chester Bowles' ideas?
(a) They did not appreciate them.
(b) They were inspired by them.
(c) They were looking for ways to follow them.
(d) They were antithetical to them.

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

9. 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.

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

11. What does Halberstam say happened that strained the relationship between Diem and the Buddhists?
(a) The government raided the pagodas and blamed it on the army.
(b) The Buddhists instigated confrontations with the army.
(c) The Buddhists martyred themselves in opposition to the government.
(d) The government seized land and temples from the Buddhists.

12. What committee had Kennedy served on in the Senate?
(a) Military Affairs Committee.
(b) Judiciary Committee.
(c) Banking and Finance Committee.
(d) Foreign Relations Committee.

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

14. What kind of reports does Halberstam say would come from the head of the U.S. command after his 1962 appointment?
(a) Reports that were imperial propaganda.
(b) Unrealistic reports.
(c) Highly detailed reports.
(d) Pragmatic and diplomatic reports.

15. What does Halberstam say happened that threatened the relationship between Diem and the Buddhists?
(a) Diem and Nhu retreated into aristocratic aloofness.
(b) Diem reneged on his promises.
(c) The Buddhists expanded their protests.
(d) The people backed the Buddhists against Diem.

Short Answer Questions

1. What position had Robert Lovett been appointed to in 1947?

2. On which issue does Halberstam say Kennedy compromised with the military?

3. Where was the war going badly, at the time when the White House was losing faith in Diem?

4. What was Kennedy in the process of doing at the beginning of the book?

5. Where does Halberstam say McNamara found people to work under him as Secretary of Defense?

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