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 the conclusion of the study that analyzed the results of a bombing attack against the north?

2. What does Halberstam say was the military's opinion after the start of Rolling Thunder?

3. The war continued until which President took office?

4. What plan was the U.S. government following by the end of 1964?

5. What does Halberstam say was going to cause the realities of the war to be made public?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Halberstam say the effect of the Vietnam war on the American people was?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What was the result of the Spring Offensive?

10. What was President Johnson's position with regard to bombing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did the Vietnam war affect the U.S. government's bureaucratic organization? Analyze Halberstam's history and describe the changes that were made in the roles and structure of the government as a result of or in reaction to the situation in Vietnam. How did Kennedy and Johnson create special positions or grant special powers to individuals around them? How did the system of checks and balances work in relationship to the privacy and secrecy of the war planners?

Essay Topic 2

Judging by what you know of contemporary culture, what lessons has America learned about domestic policies and politics after the Vietnam era? What has changed in how the government works, in how it funds wars, and in how it relates to internal opposition?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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