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 Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Argue for the appropriateness or the inappropriateness of executive secrecy as it was used during the Johnson administration. What factors and evidence mitigates the need for executive transparency? What factors and evidence makes transparency an absolute requirement?
Essay Topic 3
Did the Vietnam War mark a change in American ideology? Was the concept of natural rights changed or abandoned? Was Vietnam a war like other wars America had fought, or was it unprecedented? How did the U.S. government's response to the opposition to the war change the nature of citizenship and political activity in America?
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