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

2. 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 Vietcong attack on Qui Nhon.
(d) After the 1964 elections.

3. What does Halberstam say General Westmoreland was asking President Johnson for, now that he was in control of Vietnam?
(a) More fighter jets.
(b) More combat troops.
(c) More bombers.
(d) More time.

4. What did Johnson say he needed before they could move against the North?
(a) A stable government in the South.
(b) Bipartisan support.
(c) Success around Saigon.
(d) Success in the Mekong delta.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Halberstam say the administration had led the American people to believe about the war?

2. What did the code 34A stand for in the White House?

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

4. How was the situation changing in South Vietnam in early 1965?

5. What movement regarding the war does Halberstam say started at the University of California in Berkeley?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

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

4. Who was interested in overthrowing Diem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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