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

2. What does Halberstam say was the outcome of the report on the bombing attacks?
(a) The report led to sanctions against the American military.
(b) The report was ignored, although it delayed the bombings.
(c) The report resulted in the withdrawal of American combat troops.
(d) The report resulted justifiying sending more troops and bombers to Vietnam.

3. When does Halberstam say that McNamara realized he had been misled about the conditions in Vietnam?
(a) In his December 1963 trip to Vietnam.
(b) When he received envoys from Vietnam in March of 1964.
(c) When he read the military reports in December 1963.
(d) In his March 1964 trip to Vietnam.

4. When did McNamara say the U.S. would be out of Vietnam, when he visited the country?
(a) By the end of 1965.
(b) By the end of 1968.
(c) By the beginning of 1966.
(d) By 1970.

5. What does Halberstam say was the military's opinion after the start of Rolling Thunder?
(a) The military thought the war would last six months.
(b) The military predicted a war of attrition.
(c) The military wanted to keep experimenting with saturation bombing techniques.
(d) The military expected the campaign to bring victory in 3-5 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tipped off Senator Wayne Morse about the real situation of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

2. What does Halberstam say the Kennedy administration found out after the coup?

3. Why does Halberstam say that September and October of 1963 were good for the Kennedy administration?

4. How did Lyndon Johnson want to be remembered, in Halberstam's account?

5. What did Johnson say he needed before they could move against the North?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor said were the three issues confronting the U.S. in its Vietnam planning?

6. What was President Johnson's position with regard to bombing?

7. What program did Maxwell Taylor call for in the paper he wrote on his way back from Vietnam?

8. What does Halberstam say happened when Westmoreland assumed control?

9. What does Halberstam say was Johnson's approach to paying for the war?

10. What does Halberstam say began to change in early 1964?

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