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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. How did Lyndon Johnson want to be remembered, in Halberstam's account?
(a) As a force for peace.
(b) As a diplomat.
(c) As an expert.
(d) As an achiever.

5. Who was the only administration insider arguing against escalation?
(a) Maxwell Taylor.
(b) McGeorge Bundy.
(c) Averell Harriman.
(d) George Ball.

6. What does Halberstam say was decided at the April 20, 1965 meeting in Honolulu?
(a) The military refused to provide reports from field commanders.
(b) The military shifted to search-and-destroy missions exclusively.
(c) The military reduced troop levels.
(d) The military agreed to increased troop usage.

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

8. Who was named commander of American forces in Vietnam in June 1964?
(a) General Harkins.
(b) General William C. Westmoreland.
(c) Maxwell Taylor.
(d) Averell Harriman.

9. 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 1970.
(c) By the end of 1968.
(d) By the end of 1965.

10. What does Halberstam say was the beginning of the 'credibility gap'?
(a) When the government's figures were revised to protect Johnson's Great Society program.
(b) When U.S. deaths in Vietnam were withheld.
(c) When the military gave the government falsified reports on progress in Vietnam.
(d) When the media began to exploit photographs to build opposition to the war.

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

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

13. What kind of problem does Halberstam say the cost of the war caused for the Johnson administration?
(a) Public relations problems.
(b) Disclosure problems.
(c) Moral problems.
(d) Budget problems.

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

15. What problem does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor had in Vietnam?
(a) Taylor could not understand how the Vietcong withstood the bombings.
(b) Taylor could not control things like he had elsewhere.
(c) Taylor could not get honest reporting.
(d) Taylor could not convince his superiors that conditions were bad.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Halberstam say was the conclusion of the study that analyzed the results of a bombing attack against the north?

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

4. Who does Halberstam say eventually took on the role of setting the tone for Vietnam policy?

5. What feeling does Halberstam say Americans were feeling as the war went on and on?

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