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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What does Halberstam say happened when control shifted out of Taylor's hands in March and April 1965?
(a) Reports began to reduce estimations of Vietcong troop strength.
(b) Reports began to be issued with greater frequency.
(c) Reports began to describe American troops' atrocities.
(d) Reports began to be closer to actual realities.

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

4. What does Halberstam say was the purpose of operation Rolling Thunder?
(a) To force Hanoi to capitulate.
(b) To display American airpower.
(c) To open North Vietnamese markets.
(d) To demonstrate the benefits of democracy.

5. Who oversaw domestic operations of the operation code named 34A?
(a) Maxwell Taylor.
(b) General Westmoreland.
(c) McGeorge Bundy.
(d) General Harkins.

6. 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 the American people were no longer going to support the war.
(d) The point at which he would convince the American people to support the war.

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

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

9. Who does Halberstam say was especially vocal in calling for a change in U.S. Vietnam policy?
(a) Maxwell Taylor.
(b) General Westmoreland.
(c) McGeorge Bundy.
(d) Averell Harriman.

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

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

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

13. When did McNamara say the U.S. would be out of Vietnam, when he visited the country?
(a) By the beginning of 1966.
(b) By the end of 1968.
(c) By 1970.
(d) By the end of 1965.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Halberstam say that September and October of 1963 were good for the Kennedy administration?

2. What did the code 34A stand for in the White House?

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

4. What was McNamara beginning to suspect in Vietnam?

5. What does Halberstam say was going to cause the realities of the war to be made public?

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