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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Halberstam say was Lyndon Johnson's feeling about the coup?
(a) He opposed it.
(b) He endorsed it.
(c) He proposed it.
(d) He turned a blind eye to it.

4. Who does Halberstam say set the tone for Vietnam policy for the beginning of the Johnson administration?
(a) Harriman.
(b) Bundy.
(c) Rusk.
(d) McNamara.

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

6. What does Halberstam say was the outcome of the report on the bombing attacks?
(a) The report resulted justifiying sending more troops and bombers to Vietnam.
(b) The report was ignored, although it delayed the bombings.
(c) The report led to sanctions against the American military.
(d) The report resulted in the withdrawal of American combat troops.

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

8. When did the Spring offensive start in Vietnam?
(a) April 1964.
(b) March 1963.
(c) May 1965.
(d) June 1966.

9. What does Halberstam say was the Joint Chiefs of Staff's perception of the problem in Vietnam?
(a) They were planning to solve it with a coup.
(b) They thought it could be resolved diplomatically.
(c) They thought it could be solved by bombing.
(d) They thought it was a military problem.

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

11. What does Halberstam say the U.S. assured its generals during their meeting in Vietnam?
(a) That they would not cross the border into Cambodia.
(b) That they would be victorious by the end of 1966.
(c) That they would continue humanitarian aid.
(d) That they would continue aid in the event of a coup.

12. What does Halberstam say the administration had led the American people to believe about the war?
(a) That it would not be a large war.
(b) That international consensus would build in support of America's actions.
(c) That American air power would win the war quickly.
(d) That the war would pay for itself.

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

14. What does Halberstam say conditions were like in South Vietnam by the end of 1964?
(a) Settling into a war of attrition.
(b) Stabilizing.
(c) Deteriorating.
(d) Improving.

15. 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 no longer felt the political pressure to deliver a victory.
(c) He felt like he was finally hitting his stride in the presidency.
(d) He no longer felt the need to prove himself to Kruschev.

Short Answer Questions

1. What stance does Halberstam say the administration took as the public sentiment deteriorated?

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

3. What does Halberstam say was decided at the April 20, 1965 meeting in Honolulu?

4. Whose staff does Halberstam say outlined three responses to the American bombing campaign?

5. What were people calling for by Thanksgiving 1964, in Halberstam's account?

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