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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Halberstam say General Westmoreland was projecting after 1965?
(a) More bombings and fewer troops on the ground.
(b) More political pressure and fewer battles.
(c) More casualties, but also more political victories.
(d) More troops and more years of war.

3. What position did Maxwell Taylor begin to support as a result of his late 1964 trip to Vietnam?
(a) Renewing diplomatic efforts.
(b) Withdrawing troops from Vietnam.
(c) A bombing campaign against North Vietnam.
(d) International sanctions against North Vietnam.

4. How does Halberstam say Johnson conducted planning for the Vietnam war?
(a) Johnson made every decision himself.
(b) Johnson governed by consensus among his advisers.
(c) Johnson consulted with a wide range of experts.
(d) Johnson kept planning secret.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did McNamara's position on bombing change over time?

2. What did the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965 coincide with?

3. What does Halberstam say the U.S. assured its generals during their meeting in Vietnam?

4. What problem does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor had in Vietnam?

5. What does Halberstam say was Lyndon Johnson's feeling about the coup?

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