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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Halberstam say the administration had led the American people to believe about the war?
(a) That the war would pay for itself.
(b) That American air power would win the war quickly.
(c) That it would not be a large war.
(d) That international consensus would build in support of America's actions.

2. What was Paul Kattenburg's view of the war, in early 1964?
(a) He saw it as an experiment in nation-building.
(b) He thought it was a waste of political and economic capital.
(c) He described it as a crusade.
(d) He doubted its correctness.

3. What position did Maxwell Taylor begin to support as a result of his late 1964 trip to Vietnam?
(a) A bombing campaign against North Vietnam.
(b) Renewing diplomatic efforts.
(c) Withdrawing troops from Vietnam.
(d) International sanctions against North Vietnam.

4. Whose staff does Halberstam say outlined three responses to the American bombing campaign?
(a) McGeorge Bundy.
(b) General Westmoreland.
(c) General Harkin.
(d) Maxwell Taylor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Halberstam say that McNamara realized he had been misled about the conditions in Vietnam?

2. Who does Halberstam say was making the case for bombing after the 1964 election?

3. Who was the only administration insider arguing against escalation?

4. When does Halberstam say the Johnson administration realized that Bundy was necessary to their planning?

5. How does Halberstam say Johnson conducted planning for the Vietnam war?

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