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 the Kennedy administration found out after the coup?

2. Who traveled to Vietnam after the 1965 inauguration?

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

4. When did the Spring offensive start in Vietnam?

5. What evidence does Halberstam say the President was presented with to make the case for bombing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was interested in overthrowing Diem?

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

4. What was the result of the Spring Offensive?

5. What happened during the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

6. What does Halberstam say was Johnson's approach to paying for the war?

7. Who expressed doubt about the Vietnam war, and what happened to their opposition?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyzing the evidence from Halberstam's text, describe the change that took place in American minds as a result of the Vietnam War. Put another way: Compare and contrast the administrations that preceded Kennedy's administration, and the Nixon administration, which followed the Johnson administration. How does Halberstam describe the different cultures that existed before and after the Vietnam war?

Essay Topic 2

What must McGeorge Bundy or Robert McNamara or President Johnson have thought about the Vietnam war? Write a journal entry as if you were them.

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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