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 Joint Chiefs of Staff's perception of the problem in Vietnam?

2. What does Halberstam say General Westmoreland was asking President Johnson for, now that he was in control of Vietnam?

3. What did the U.S. embassy offer to Diem and Nhu when the coup began?

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

5. What does Halberstam say the military had been telling President Johnson when he sent an investigative team to Vietnam?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe what Halberstam calls 'the Bundy trip' to Vietnam.

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

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

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

6. What program did Maxwell Taylor call for in the paper he wrote on his way back from Vietnam?

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

8. What was President Johnson's position regarding Vietnam in the early days of his presidency?

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

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

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

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 3

What kind of administrative or bureaucratic changes could have helped the war effort in Vietnam? Specifically, how could U.S. commanders have ensured that accurate information flowed unimpeded from troops and analysts in Vietnam to military planners in the U.S.? What factors in the military or political establishment created this problem?

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