The Best and the Brightest Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Halberstam say happened when control shifted out of Taylor's hands in March and April 1965?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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