The Best and the Brightest Test | Final 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. What does Halberstam say was decided at the April 20, 1965 meeting in Honolulu?

2. What problem does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor had in Vietnam?

3. Who oversaw domestic operations of the operation code named 34A?

4. When did the Spring offensive start in Vietnam?

5. What does Halberstam say was Lyndon Johnson's feeling about the coup?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Halberstam say McNamara found in Vietnam when the Johnson administration took over?

4. What program did Maxwell Taylor call for in the paper he wrote on his way back from Vietnam?

5. What was the result of the Spring Offensive?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

What lessons did the U.S. learn from the Bay of Pigs invasion, and how were these lessons visible in the planning for military campaigns in Vietnam? Did the Bay of Pigs invasion sour the U.S. war planners on relying on local forces? Did it foster the argument for bombing instead of troops on the ground?

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