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

2. When did the Spring offensive start in Vietnam?
(a) May 1965.
(b) March 1963.
(c) June 1966.
(d) April 1964.

3. Why did President Johnson authorize bombing attacks on North Vietnam, in Halberstam's account?
(a) He believed that if Vietnam went Communist, the rest of the region would turn Communist as well.
(b) He thought that bombing was a final resort, and after it failed, he could strategically withdraw.
(c) He thought that breaking Vietcong resistance would create trade opportunities for American companies.
(d) He thought that an overwhelming display of force would convince other nations in the region to accept American influence.

4. What does Halberstam say the U.S. assured its generals during their meeting in Vietnam?
(a) That they would be victorious by the end of 1966.
(b) That they would continue aid in the event of a coup.
(c) That they would not cross the border into Cambodia.
(d) That they would continue humanitarian aid.

5. In what way does Halberstam say that Lyndon Johnson resembled Kennedy in his management style?
(a) Johnson sought out expert opinions beyond his cabinet.
(b) Johnson trusted the military's reports.
(c) Johnson used a cabinet of enemies.
(d) Johnson did not seek a wide variety of opinions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What strategy does Halberstam say evolved out of the struggle over troop strength?

2. What did the code 34A stand for in the White House?

3. Who opposed the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965?

4. Who does Halberstam say remained loyal to Diem when the coup began?

5. What does Halberstam say was the beginning of the 'credibility gap'?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issues were discussed as there started to be struggles over Vietnam strategy in mid-1965?

2. What was the military's position on bombing North Vietnam?

3. What was the public story of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and what was the truth?

4. What does Halberstam say the effect of the Vietnam war on the American people was?

5. What did the Johnson administration tell America as it committed more troops to Vietnam?

6. What were the alternatives the staff in Vietnam laid out for Maxwell Taylor when he visited Vietnam in the fall of 1964?

7. What was the intelligence community's assessment of Rolling Thunder?

8. What was President Johnson's position regarding Vietnam in the early days of his presidency?

9. What does Halberstam say McNamara found in Vietnam when the Johnson administration took over?

10. Describe what Halberstam calls 'the Bundy trip' to Vietnam.

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