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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Chester Bowles think was the most important issue to confront?
(a) Race issues.
(b) Budget cuts.
(c) Military expansion.
(d) Poverty.

2. What had happened to reduce the Communism threat by the time McNamara took over as Secretary of Defense?
(a) Russia and China had split.
(b) Communism had failed in North Korea.
(c) Cuba had instituted its own version of Communism.
(d) McCarthy had purged Communists from American politics.

3. Why didn't Kennedy formulate a China policy, in Halberstam's account?
(a) China was not a high priority.
(b) He didn't have time.
(c) China was experiencing a revolution.
(d) His China advisor had not been confirmed.

4. What events does Halberstam say affected American perceptions of its global priorities?
(a) The agitation of labor unions in America and Europe.
(b) The escalation of the Cold War and the fall of China.
(c) The tension over civil rights in America.
(d) The revolution in Cuba.

5. Which issue was NOT confronting the nation when the Kennedy administration took office?
(a) Missiles.
(b) China policy.
(c) Reconstruction.
(d) Civil rights.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Halberstam say was the problem with the Kennedy administration's pragmatism?

2. Why hadn't Roosevelt stopped the French from returning to Indochina after the war, in Halberstam's account?

3. What does Halberstam say happened that strained the relationship between Diem and the Buddhists?

4. What state does Halberstam say the Vietcong were in when Kennedy sent the fact-finding mission in 1961?

5. What policies had Robert Lovett been involved in crafting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Halberstam say Chester Bowles' popularity faded?

2. Describe Vietnam's problems with the Buddhist monks.

3. What did Lovett and Kennedy discuss during their meeting?

4. How did the White House eventually try to limit the military?

5. Who was Chester Bowles, and what did Kennedy get by tapping Bowles to be an adviser?

6. Who was Kennedy, and how did he become well known?

7. What was the Kennedy administration's stance with regard to Russia?

8. Describe U.S. engagements in Vietnam in the 1950s.

9. Who was Robert McNamara and what was his role in the formation of Vietnam policy?

10. What three plans does Halberstam say the U.S. was considering in Vietnam in 1961?

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