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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the problem with the Buddhist monks begin?

2. What rule does Halberstam say Kennedy was following in trying to appoint a Secretary of State?

3. How long had Ho Chi Minh's communism associations been known to the U.S., in Halberstam's account?

4. When Kennedy did not authorize more troops, what does Halberstam say he told the Pentagon?

5. How does Halberstam say McNamara learned about the affairs in Vietnam?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the confrontation in Laos.

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

4. How did the meeting between Lovett and Kennedy play in the press?

5. What did the Johnson administration tell America as it committed more troops to Vietnam?

6. Describe Vietnam's problems with the Buddhist monks.

7. What happened during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

8. How did the fall of China and the Cold War affect the Kennedy administration?

9. Why didn't the U.S. gain the loyalty of the Vietnamese peasants?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the strategies of Robert McNamara and General Westmoreland for bombing and search-and-destroy missions. What were the costs and benefits of either approach to the war against the Vietcong? Were they complementary, or did they work at cross-purposes?

Essay Topic 2

John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama share certain similarities, insofar as they were both young and charismatic leaders with relatively little experience, but represented a new way of doing things. Compare and contrast the early political careers and elections of these two presidents. How were they temperamentally similar? How did they relate to the old guard? How were their ascensions different?

Essay Topic 3

Using the hindsight gained by "The Best and the Brightest", would you say that the war in Vietnam was a local conflict that could have been left to resolve itself, or would you say that if left unaddressed, Vietnam would have been one of the dominoes in a string of nations the Communists took over? Put another way: would the internal tensions in Vietnam have dogged the Communists just as badly as they dogged the Americans and the American-backed South Vietnamese government, if the Vietcong had ever acquired power there?

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