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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the outcome of the first confrontation between Vietcong and U.S. troops?
(a) 1,200 Vietcong casualties and 200 American casualties.
(b) 2,000 Vietcong casualties and 60 American casualties.
(c) 600 Vietcong casualties and no American casualties.
(d) 900 Vietcong casualties and 450 American casualties.

2. 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.

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

4. What does Halberstam say was the result of the Spring Offensive?
(a) American troop levels were reduced to 20,000.
(b) The military employed more bombers.
(c) General Harkin withdrew from his post.
(d) General Westmoreland raised troop levels to 200,000.

5. What does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor discovered was true about Khanh?
(a) Khanh was an opportunist and a bad strategist.
(b) Khanh was an ineffectual leader.
(c) Khanh was self-serving and corrupt.
(d) Khanh was another Diem.

6. Who does Halberstam say eventually took on the role of setting the tone for Vietnam policy?
(a) Taylor.
(b) Harriman.
(c) Rusk.
(d) Bundy.

7. What evidence does Halberstam give for the deterioration of the mood in America?
(a) Confrontational anti-war protests.
(b) Civil rights protests.
(c) Budget fights in the Senate.
(d) Seats being lost in mid-term elections.

8. When does Halberstam say that McNamara realized he had been misled about the conditions in Vietnam?
(a) In his December 1963 trip to Vietnam.
(b) When he received envoys from Vietnam in March of 1964.
(c) When he read the military reports in December 1963.
(d) In his March 1964 trip to Vietnam.

9. Who opposed the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965?
(a) The CIA.
(b) The military.
(c) The President.
(d) The State Department.

10. What feeling does Halberstam say Americans were feeling as the war went on and on?
(a) Urgency.
(b) Aggression.
(c) Disgust.
(d) Numbness.

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

12. What plan was the U.S. government following by the end of 1964?
(a) Limit bombing but increase troops on the ground.
(b) Restrict operations to bombing missions.
(c) Pour as many resources as necessary into Vietnam.
(d) Expand the pacification program.

13. What pressure does Halberstam say the events of September and October of 1963 relieved for Kennedy?
(a) He was relieved of budgetary pressure.
(b) He felt like he was finally hitting his stride in the presidency.
(c) He no longer felt the political pressure to deliver a victory.
(d) He no longer felt the need to prove himself to Kruschev.

14. What event does Halberstam say triggered bombing operations against the North?
(a) The Bay of Pigs invasion.
(b) A North Vietnamese attack on American B-57 bombers.
(c) A North Vietnamese success in the Mekong Delta.
(d) The Gulf of Tonkin Incident.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was in charge of the operation code named 34A?

2. How did McNamara's position on bombing change over time?

3. What does Halberstam say affected the American attitude toward the war?

4. How does Halberstam say Johnson conducted planning for the Vietnam war?

5. The war continued until which President took office?

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