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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were people calling for by Thanksgiving 1964, in Halberstam's account?
(a) Victory at all costs.
(b) Escalation.
(c) Surrender.
(d) Withdrawal.

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

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

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

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

6. What strategy does Halberstam say evolved out of the struggle over troop strength?
(a) The bombing campaign.
(b) Bombing of Cambodia.
(c) The use of napalm.
(d) A search-and-destroy strategy.

7. What does Halberstam say became clear by the time Rolling Thunder had been in effect for six weeks?
(a) That Rolling Thunder was breaking the Vietcong supply routes.
(b) That it was only a matter of time until Hanoi capitulated.
(c) That Rolling Thunder was not breaking the North's resistance.
(d) That Rolling Thunder was not going to make Hanoi capitulate.

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

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

10. When does Halberstam say the President's thinking about bombing began to change?
(a) After he realized that Khanh was not an effective leader.
(b) After the media began to carry explicit photos from the front.
(c) After the Vietcong attack on Qui Nhon.
(d) After the 1964 elections.

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

12. What does Halberstam say the U.S. assured its generals during their meeting in Vietnam?
(a) That they would be victorious by the end of 1966.
(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 continue humanitarian aid.

13. Why did President Johnson authorize bombing attacks on North Vietnam, in Halberstam's account?
(a) He thought that breaking Vietcong resistance would create trade opportunities for American companies.
(b) He thought that bombing was a final resort, and after it failed, he could strategically withdraw.
(c) He believed that if Vietnam went Communist, the rest of the region would turn Communist as well.
(d) He thought that an overwhelming display of force would convince other nations in the region to accept American influence.

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

15. What problem does Halberstam say McNamara discovered in Vietnam?
(a) The war effort was hampered by corruption and inefficient military support.
(b) The government wasn't working out and the Vietcong were gaining strength.
(c) The government was unpopular and the U.S. mission was not clear.
(d) That America's allies in the region were opposed to further involvement.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What happened in the Gulf of Tonkin as a part of 34A?

3. How did Lyndon Johnson want to be remembered, in Halberstam's account?

4. How does Halberstam say the Americans responded when the Vietcong attacked Pleiku?

5. Who does Halberstam say was making the case for bombing after the 1964 election?

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