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. Who does Halberstam say eventually took on the role of setting the tone for Vietnam policy?

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

3. Who opposed the fact-finding trip to Vietnam in early 1965?

4. When does Halberstam say the President's thinking about bombing began to change?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the public story of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and what was the truth?

3. What happened during the second Gulf of Tonkin incident?

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

5. What happened during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson's strategies for handling the war in Vietnam. How did they negotiate the complex mixture of voices within the U.S. government in similar ways? How were they different? How did the changes in conditions in the U.S. and in Vietnam account for Johnson's different strategies?

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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