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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Halberstam say that September and October of 1963 were good for the Kennedy administration?
(a) The administration was prepared to pick up seats in special elections.
(b) There was accord on civil rights issues.
(c) The military made progress in the Mekong Delta.
(d) Averell Harriman made progress on the test ban treaty.

2. Who does Halberstam say was especially vocal in calling for a change in U.S. Vietnam policy?
(a) Maxwell Taylor.
(b) McGeorge Bundy.
(c) General Westmoreland.
(d) Averell Harriman.

3. What strategy does Halberstam say evolved out of the struggle over troop strength?
(a) A search-and-destroy strategy.
(b) The use of napalm.
(c) Bombing of Cambodia.
(d) The bombing campaign.

4. Who traveled to Vietnam after the 1965 inauguration?
(a) Westmoreland, Harriman and Rusk.
(b) Taylor, Ball and Bundy.
(c) McNamara, Ball and Harriman.
(d) Bundy, McNamara and Rusk.

5. What movement regarding the war does Halberstam say started at the University of California in Berkeley?
(a) The peace movement.
(b) The balanced budget movement.
(c) The Free Speech Movement.
(d) The Civil Rights movement.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Halberstam say General Westmoreland was projecting after 1965?

4. What does Halberstam say was the conclusion of the study that analyzed the results of a bombing attack against the north?

5. What evidence does Halberstam give for the deterioration of the mood in America?

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