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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) The assassination of Martin Luther King. Jr.
(b) The creation of Social Security in America.
(c) Civil rights demonstrations in Alabama.
(d) Premiere Kosygin's visit to Hanoi.

2. What does Halberstam say happened when control shifted out of Taylor's hands in March and April 1965?
(a) Reports began to reduce estimations of Vietcong troop strength.
(b) Reports began to describe American troops' atrocities.
(c) Reports began to be closer to actual realities.
(d) Reports began to be issued with greater frequency.

3. What does Halberstam say affected the American attitude toward the war?
(a) The civil rights struggle in America.
(b) The American election schedule.
(c) The American media coverage.
(d) International resistance to the war.

4. What plan was the U.S. government preparing for by the end of 1964?
(a) Strike directly against China.
(b) Bring in a coalition of forces against the Vietcong.
(c) Have Cambodia and Laos intervene.
(d) Have the South take military action against the North.

5. When does Halberstam say the President's thinking about bombing began to change?
(a) After the media began to carry explicit photos from the front.
(b) After he realized that Khanh was not an effective leader.
(c) After the 1964 elections.
(d) After the Vietcong attack on Qui Nhon.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the Spring offensive start in Vietnam?

2. What does Halberstam say was the outcome of the report on the bombing attacks?

3. What does Halberstam say the military had been telling President Johnson when he sent an investigative team to Vietnam?

4. What does Halberstam say became clear by the time Rolling Thunder had been in effect for six weeks?

5. Who was in charge of the operation code named 34A?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Halberstam say became clear to the American government after Diem's death?

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

3. What was the result of the first direct confrontation with Vietcong and American troops?

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

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

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

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

8. What was Dean Rusk's role in Vietnam after Kennedy's assassination?

9. What was Rolling Thunder and what was its purpose?

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

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