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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. How did the Kennedy administration see the war in Vietnam?
(a) As a war against Communism.
(b) As a diversion from domestic problems.
(c) As a boon to the military contractors.
(d) As a gift to Asian allies.

2. Why did the Americans back down on demands for reform in Vietnam in 1962, in Halberstam's account?
(a) They lost confidence that reforms could be implemented.
(b) Diem had begun to renege on his promises.
(c) Reforms had already been accomplished.
(d) Diem could not afford reforms.

3. Where was the war going badly, at the time when the White House was losing faith in Diem?
(a) In Pleiku.
(b) Around Saigon.
(c) In Quang Nam.
(d) In the Mekong Delta.

4. When did the problem with the Buddhist monks begin?
(a) November 1962.
(b) March 1961.
(c) April 1962.
(d) May 1963.

5. What did Kennedy represent to Eleanor Roosevelt's followers?
(a) Foreigners.
(b) Old guard.
(c) Businessmen.
(d) The new breed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What measures does Halberstam say Washington, D.C. took when the soldiers dissented over conditions?

2. What did the Geneva Convention decide in Vietnam?

3. Whom did Kennedy ask to be Secretary of State instead of Adlai Stevenson?

4. What does Halberstam say McNamara tried to do with his fact-finding missions to Vietnam?

5. What does Halberstam say marked the end of the generals' faith in Diem?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were Americans beginning to say with regard to Diem after the Buddhist monk problems began?

2. Whom did Kennedy consider for the position of Secretary of State?

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

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

5. What was McNamara's stance with regard to nuclear weapons?

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

7. Describe the confrontation in Laos.

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

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

10. What kind of reports does Halberstam say the U.S. got from Vietnam?

(see the answer keys)

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