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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What happened in the Gulf of Tonkin as a part of 34A?
(a) An American ship was torpedoed.
(b) The VIetcong launched missiles at an American plane.
(c) An American ship sunk a North Vietnamese PT boat.
(d) An American plane was shot down by Russian Migs.

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

5. Who opposed the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965?
(a) The military.
(b) The President.
(c) The State Department.
(d) The CIA.

6. What stance does Halberstam say the administration took as the public sentiment deteriorated?
(a) It became more repressive.
(b) It became less forthcoming.
(c) It became more removed.
(d) It became more defensive.

7. 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) The administration was prepared to pick up seats in special elections.
(c) There was accord on civil rights issues.
(d) The military made progress in the Mekong Delta.

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

9. 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.

10. Who was in charge of the operation code named 34A?
(a) General Westmoreland.
(b) General Harkins.
(c) Averell Harriman.
(d) McGeorge Bundy.

11. What does Halberstam say was Lyndon Johnson's feeling about the coup?
(a) He opposed it.
(b) He endorsed it.
(c) He proposed it.
(d) He turned a blind eye to it.

12. 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 Civil Rights movement.
(d) The balanced budget movement.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did President Johnson send to Vietnam to investigate the situation there?

2. What plan was the U.S. government preparing for by the end of 1964?

3. What was Paul Kattenburg's view of the war, in early 1964?

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

5. When did Khanh overthrow the generals in Vietnam?

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