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 plan was the U.S. government preparing for by the end of 1964?

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

3. What event does Halberstam say triggered bombing operations against the North?

4. When did McNamara say the U.S. would be out of Vietnam, when he visited the country?

5. The war continued until which President took office?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happened during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

5. What was Rolling Thunder and what was its purpose?

6. What was Dean Rusk's role in Vietnam after Kennedy's assassination?

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

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

9. What does Halberstam say Maxwell Taylor said were the three issues confronting the U.S. in its Vietnam planning?

10. What were the questions people were asking on the issue of bombing the North?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the conditions that led to the coup against Diem and the credibility gap in America. Was the U.S. ripe for a coup the same way that the Diem regime was considered ripe for a coup? What forces were arguing for regime change in America? Why were they ultimately unsuccessful? (Was regime change ultimately what protesters in the U.S. wanted?)

Essay Topic 2

How did American support influence Diem and Khanh? Did it make them more or less legitimate in the eyes of the Vietnamese? If there were problems caused by overt American support, say also what roles were played by Vietnamese society and by the personalities of Diem and Khanh.

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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