The quiz is based on these readings: Walter LaFeber, The American Age: U.S. Foreign Policy at Home and Abroad, 1750 to the Present (Second Edition). New York: W. W. Norton, 1994. David A. Lake, The Statebuilder’s Dilemma: On the Limits of Foreign Intervention (Links to an external site.). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016. Available electronically through UCSD Library.Week 6: Quiz
Started: Nov 5 at 6:50pm
Quiz Instructions
Question 1
1 pts
Facing Castro in Cuba and increasing risks of revolutions in
Latin America, Kennedy established in 1961 the development
aid program called: (LaFeber Chapter 17)
Inter-American Development Bank
The Alliance for Progress
Question 2
1 pts
What does the Johnson Doctrine refer to (LaFeber Chapter
Unrestrained use of force against communist-backed revolutions in
Latin America
Prioritization of domestic economic stability and civil rights over
foreign policies
The end of multilateralism and restraint on U.S. power in Western
The end of spiraling arms races with the Soviet Union through
Question 3
1 pts
Who did Kissinger and Nixon perceive as the greatest potential
threat to US interests (LaFeber Chapter 18)?
Growing powers in Asia such as China and Japan
Revolutionaries — such as those in North Vietnam, Cuba, and
Domestic political opponents to the Vietnam War
OPEC countries
Question 4
1 pts
How can we best characterize the “Nixon Doctrine” (LaFeber
Chapter 18)?
US would roll back its commitment in Vietnam, expect allies to help
more to achieve collective security
US would rapidly increase bombing & troop presence in Vietnam for
a quick victory
US would retreat in Vietnam but compensate with construction of
military bases in other locations
US would focus more on protecting democracy, with the goal that
this would usually work in their favor
Question 5
1 pts
What did it mean that Nixon attempted to pursue a policy of
“detenté” towards the USSR? (choose the best answer)
(LaFeber Chapter 18)
US would try to persuade its domestic public that the USSR was no
longer a threat, allowing for concessions to be made
US would deter the USSR from expanding its influence
US would attempt to slowly ease tensions with the USSR
US would first make unilateral concessions in order to persuade the
USSR to do the same
Question 6
1 pts
According to Lecture 10, US failed to establish an indirect rule
in Vietnam because…
US policymakers preferred domestic rule in Vietnam over indirect
rule or coercion
Vietnam fell to Communism following other countries, in accordance
with the Domino theory
Landed elites in South Vietnam were too powerful to be controlled
by the U.S.
There were no strategic military assets to deter the Soviet Union
Question 7
1 pts
According to Lecture 11, which of the following is NOT a reason
why the 1970s was considered America’s decade of despair?
US suffered a series of economic crises including stagflation and oil
US faced increasing import competition from a rising China
The Soviet Union caught up with U.S. militarily, signaling the end of
American hegemony
The Bretton Woods monetary regime collapsed
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