President Kennedy's Advisors: Shaping Policy During the Vietnam War


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Why did McNamara's strategy of continued escalation of the Vietnam War turn out to be wrong?

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1. Why did Ball oppose American escalation of the Vietnam war as a way of fighting communism?

2. Why did the Taylor-Rostow Report advocate for an increase in American troops in Vietnam?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Six key members of Kennedy's security team helped form most policies about the Vietnam War, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of their actions. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the lives, careers and politics of the team members.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to identify the following:

  • Individual who relied on quantifying data to inform his strategy
  • Advisor who recommended a focus on containing communism in Europe
  • Report that advocated an increase in American troops in Vietnam
  • Team member who supported Ngo Dinh Diem

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding President Kennedy's security team
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify one of the statistical models for measuring American success in the Vietnam War

Additional Learning

To learn more about history, review the lesson President Kennedy's Advisors: Shaping Policy During the Vietnam War. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the members of President Kennedy's security team
  • Learn about the lives, careers and politics of President Kennedy's security team
  • Understand how each man contributed to policy during the Vietnam War