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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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JFK and Vietnam

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President John F. Kennedy was a committed Cold War president, yet also understood the complexities of entering the Vietnamese civil war.

Which of the following actions did Kennedy take which illustrated a measured step with respect to containing the spread of communism into South Vietnam?

A

He reinstated the military draft, calling nearly 100,000 American men into the reserves.

B

He ordered 400 Special Forces (Green Berets) to South Vietnam in the role as “advisors” with the goal of training the South Vietnamese military.

C

He called for a United Nations’ Security Council referendum vote to halt the aggressive North Vietnamese.

D

He authorized the CIA to conduct covert operations in North Vietnam in an effort to topple the communist government in power.

E

He issued an executive order placing a 6-month moratorium on aid to South Vietnam, hoping the South Vietnamese military would be able to defeat the North in a timely fashion.