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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 remained loyal to Diem when the coup began?
(a) The southern part of the country.
(b) The merchants.
(c) The people.
(d) The Palace Guard.

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

3. How does Halberstam say Kennedy was feeling about the war at the beginning of Chapter 15?
(a) Dispirited.
(b) Frustrated.
(c) Enthusiastic.
(d) Optimistic.

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

5. Why does Halberstam say that September and October of 1963 were good for the Kennedy administration?
(a) The military made progress in the Mekong Delta.
(b) There was accord on civil rights issues.
(c) The administration was prepared to pick up seats in special elections.
(d) Averell Harriman made progress on the test ban treaty.

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

7. How does Halberstam define the flash point?
(a) The point to which the U.S. could escalate without going to war.
(b) The location at which forces could engage face to face.
(c) The point at which he would convince the American people to support the war.
(d) The point at which the American people were no longer going to support the war.

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

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

10. What evidence does Halberstam say the President was presented with to make the case for bombing?
(a) U.S. soldiers' atrocities.
(b) Test results from the bomb manufacturers.
(c) Jobs reports in districts where bombs were manufactured.
(d) U.S. soldiers' casualty rates.

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

12. What does Halberstam say happened to Diem and Nhu after they fled?
(a) They were granted haven in Japan.
(b) They reached America and settled there.
(c) They were captured and killed.
(d) They returned to power.

13. 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.

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

15. Who traveled to Vietnam after the 1965 inauguration?
(a) Taylor, Ball and Bundy.
(b) McNamara, Ball and Harriman.
(c) Westmoreland, Harriman and Rusk.
(d) Bundy, McNamara and Rusk.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the report that came out of the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965 ultimately advocate?

2. What movement regarding the war does Halberstam say started at the University of California in Berkeley?

3. What did the U.S. embassy offer to Diem and Nhu when the coup began?

4. What strategy does Halberstam say evolved out of the struggle over troop strength?

5. Who opposed the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965?

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