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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was McNamara beginning to suspect in Vietnam?
(a) The accuracy of bleak military reports.
(b) The capacity for victory in a guerilla war.
(c) Diem's trustworthiness.
(d) The patience of the American electorate.

2. How does Halberstam say the Americans responded when the Vietcong attacked Pleiku?
(a) They decided to withdraw.
(b) They decided to retaliate.
(c) They decided to reevaluate their strategy.
(d) They put more troops on the ground.

3. What does Halberstam say was going to cause the realities of the war to be made public?
(a) Passage of the Freedom of Information Act.
(b) The media.
(c) Leaks from inside the government.
(d) The process of paying for the war.

4. What does Halberstam say affected the American attitude toward the war?
(a) The American election schedule.
(b) The civil rights struggle in America.
(c) The American media coverage.
(d) International resistance to the war.

5. Who does Halberstam say was making the case for bombing after the 1964 election?
(a) Harkin.
(b) Harriman.
(c) McNamara.
(d) Bundy.

6. What does Halberstam say the Kennedy administration found out after the coup?
(a) The Vietnamese government did not have its people's support.
(b) The Vietnamese government did not have control of the Delta.
(c) The government did not know what was going on in the war.
(d) The Buddhists were attracting dissidents in opposition to the government.

7. How did McNamara's position on bombing change over time?
(a) After a few months, he was convinced of bombing's effectiveness.
(b) After a year, he reversed his position entirely.
(c) Years later, he would say that he had doubts about how useful bombing would be.
(d) After the first weeks, he was sure that bombing would end the war.

8. What happened in the Gulf of Tonkin as a part of 34A?
(a) An American plane was shot down by Russian Migs.
(b) The VIetcong launched missiles at an American plane.
(c) An American ship was torpedoed.
(d) An American ship sunk a North Vietnamese PT boat.

9. What plan was the U.S. government preparing for by the end of 1964?
(a) Strike directly against China.
(b) Have the South take military action against the North.
(c) Bring in a coalition of forces against the Vietcong.
(d) Have Cambodia and Laos intervene.

10. Who was named commander of American forces in Vietnam in June 1964?
(a) Averell Harriman.
(b) Maxwell Taylor.
(c) General Harkins.
(d) General William C. Westmoreland.

11. What had USAID done in Vietnam at the beginning of Chapter 15?
(a) Refused to work with the American military.
(b) Recalled its missionaries.
(c) Removed its military advisers.
(d) Cut off commodity aid.

12. What does Halberstam say was the result of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?
(a) The use of napalm.
(b) Bombing of North Vietnam.
(c) A Northern offensive.
(d) An end of diplomacy.

13. In what way does Halberstam say that Lyndon Johnson resembled Kennedy in his management style?
(a) Johnson used a cabinet of enemies.
(b) Johnson did not seek a wide variety of opinions.
(c) Johnson trusted the military's reports.
(d) Johnson sought out expert opinions beyond his cabinet.

14. What does Halberstam say happened when control shifted out of Taylor's hands in March and April 1965?
(a) Reports began to be closer to actual realities.
(b) Reports began to reduce estimations of Vietcong troop strength.
(c) Reports began to be issued with greater frequency.
(d) Reports began to describe American troops' atrocities.

15. What did the U.S. embassy offer to Diem and Nhu when the coup began?
(a) Retribution against their enemies.
(b) Safe conduct out of the country.
(c) Return to power.
(d) Protection against their enemies.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965 coincide with?

2. What does Halberstam say was Lyndon Johnson's feeling about the coup?

3. What does Halberstam say was the result of the Spring Offensive?

4. What problem does Halberstam say McNamara discovered in Vietnam?

5. What does Halberstam say was the effect of the Gulf of Tonkin incident on the U.S. government?

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