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

2. What does Halberstam say conditions were like in South Vietnam by the end of 1964?
(a) Stabilizing.
(b) Settling into a war of attrition.
(c) Deteriorating.
(d) Improving.

3. What does Halberstam say was the result of Johnson's method of planning for the war?
(a) He never raised taxes to pay for the war.
(b) He was compelled to water down his plans to accommodate his advisers' pet projects.
(c) He often took the most effective actions.
(d) He missed opportunities to let his generals take actions that might have been decisive.

4. Who does Halberstam say remained loyal to Diem when the coup began?
(a) The southern part of the country.
(b) The merchants.
(c) The Palace Guard.
(d) The people.

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 the Vietcong attack on Qui Nhon.
(c) After he realized that Khanh was not an effective leader.
(d) After the 1964 elections.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was named commander of American forces in Vietnam in June 1964?

2. How does Halberstam say the U.S. spun the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

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

4. What was the outcome of the first confrontation between Vietcong and U.S. troops?

5. When did McNamara say the U.S. would be out of Vietnam, when he visited the country?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was interested in overthrowing Diem?

3. What happened to Diem and Nhu during the coup?

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

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

6. How did the reality of the war become public information?

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

8. What happened during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

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

10. Who expressed doubt about the Vietnam war, and what happened to their opposition?

(see the answer keys)

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