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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Khanh overthrow the generals in Vietnam?
(a) December, 1963.
(b) December, 1964.
(c) February, 1964.
(d) April, 1965.

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

3. What does Halberstam say was the result of Johnson's method of planning for the war?
(a) He never raised taxes to pay for the war.
(b) He often took the most effective actions.
(c) He missed opportunities to let his generals take actions that might have been decisive.
(d) He was compelled to water down his plans to accommodate his advisers' pet projects.

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

5. When does Halberstam say the Johnson administration realized that Bundy was necessary to their planning?
(a) When they had a hard time while he was on vacation.
(b) When McNamara's plans were ineffectual.
(c) When Taylor's theories were proven wrong.
(d) When Diem was overthrown, as Bundy had predicted he would be.

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

7. How does Halberstam say Johnson conducted planning for the Vietnam war?
(a) Johnson consulted with a wide range of experts.
(b) Johnson kept planning secret.
(c) Johnson governed by consensus among his advisers.
(d) Johnson made every decision himself.

8. What movement regarding the war does Halberstam say started at the University of California in Berkeley?
(a) The Free Speech Movement.
(b) The peace movement.
(c) The balanced budget movement.
(d) The Civil Rights movement.

9. What pressure does Halberstam say the events of September and October of 1963 relieved for Kennedy?
(a) He no longer felt the need to prove himself to Kruschev.
(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 was relieved of budgetary pressure.

10. Who was it who authorized a paper that would rationalize an exit from Vietnam?
(a) John McNaughton.
(b) McGeorge Bundy.
(c) Robert McNamara.
(d) Averell Harriman.

11. 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) The patience of the American electorate.
(d) Diem's trustworthiness.

12. What did the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965 coincide with?
(a) Premiere Kosygin's visit to Hanoi.
(b) The creation of Social Security in America.
(c) Civil rights demonstrations in Alabama.
(d) The assassination of Martin Luther King. Jr.

13. Who did President Johnson send to Vietnam to investigate the situation there?
(a) General Harkin.
(b) General Johnson.
(c) General Westmoreland.
(d) Maxwell Taylor.

14. The war continued until which President took office?
(a) Reagan.
(b) Nixon.
(c) Carter.
(d) Ford.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Halberstam say Kennedy was feeling about the war at the beginning of Chapter 15?

2. What does Halberstam say the Kennedy administration found out after the coup?

3. Who does Halberstam say remained loyal to Diem when the coup began?

4. What had USAID done in Vietnam at the beginning of Chapter 15?

5. When did the Spring offensive start in Vietnam?

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