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  • 1. 

    What incident served as pretext for United States to enter the conflict

    • A.

      Marco Polo Bridge incident

    • B.

      Gulf of Tonkin incident

    • C.

      Bombing of the American embassy in Saigon

    • D.

      Watergate scandal

    Correct Answer
    B. Gulf of Tonkin incident
    Explanation
    The Gulf of Tonkin incident served as the pretext for the United States to enter the conflict. This incident involved an alleged attack on two American naval destroyers by North Vietnamese patrol boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. It prompted the U.S. Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which authorized the President to use military force in Southeast Asia. This event marked a significant escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

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  • 2. 

    In South Vietnam, American forces were fighting

    • A.

      The Taliban

    • B.

      The Mujahedin

    • C.

      Vietcong

    • D.

      Vietminh

    Correct Answer
    C. Vietcong
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Vietcong because during the Vietnam War, American forces were indeed fighting against the Vietcong in South Vietnam. The Vietcong were a communist guerrilla force that fought against the South Vietnamese government and the United States in an effort to reunify Vietnam under communist rule. They were known for their guerrilla tactics and were a formidable opponent for the American forces.

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  • 3. 

    For United States, the measure of their success in the conflict was

    • A.

      Body count

    • B.

      Enemy soldiers captured

    • C.

      Territory acquired

    • D.

      Enemy planes destroyed

    Correct Answer
    A. Body count
    Explanation
    The measure of success for the United States in the conflict was determined by the number of enemy casualties, also known as the body count. This suggests that the United States viewed the success of the conflict based on the number of enemy soldiers killed. This measure may indicate the effectiveness of their military strategy and the progress made in achieving their objectives.

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  • 4. 

    American overall commander in Vietnam

    • A.

      General McArthur

    • B.

      General Westmoreland

    • C.

      General Colin Powell

    • D.

      General Patton

    Correct Answer
    B. General Westmoreland
    Explanation
    General Westmoreland is the correct answer because he served as the overall commander of American forces during the Vietnam War. He held the position of Commander of U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) from 1964 to 1968. Westmoreland played a significant role in the war, implementing strategies such as attrition warfare and the search and destroy missions. His leadership and decisions had a major impact on the direction and outcome of the conflict.

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  • 5. 

    In colonial times, Vietnam was a colony of

    • A.

      Belgium

    • B.

      France

    • C.

      Morocco

    • D.

      Great Britain

    Correct Answer
    B. France
    Explanation
    During colonial times, Vietnam was under the control and colonization of France. France established its presence in Vietnam in the late 19th century and ruled over the country until 1954. This period of colonization had a significant impact on Vietnam's history, culture, and development. The French introduced their language, education system, and infrastructure, but also imposed their authority and exploited the country's resources. The struggle for independence from French colonial rule eventually led to the Vietnam War and the division of the country.

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  • 6. 

    Ho Chi Minh, the leader of N. Vietnam was

    • A.

      A military officer educated at West Point

    • B.

      A shopkeeper

    • C.

      A shoemaker

    • D.

      A peasant

    Correct Answer
    D. A peasant
    Explanation
    Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam, was a peasant. This means that he came from a farming background and had a humble upbringing. Despite not having a formal education or military training, Ho Chi Minh became a prominent leader and played a crucial role in the Vietnamese struggle for independence. His background as a peasant allowed him to connect with the common people and understand their struggles, making him a respected and influential figure in the fight against colonialism and imperialism.

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  • 7. 

    The main support for the war in Vietnam came from

    • A.

      Buddhist monks

    • B.

      The Vietnamese people themselves

    • C.

      The American public

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    The main support for the war in Vietnam did not come from Buddhist monks, the Vietnamese people themselves, or the American public. This suggests that there were other groups or factors that played a significant role in supporting the war.

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  • 8. 

    The Vietnam war was mainly fought for

    • A.

      Liberty and freedom

    • B.

      Land

    • C.

      Anti-communism sentiment

    • D.

      Oil

    Correct Answer
    C. Anti-communism sentiment
    Explanation
    The Vietnam war was mainly fought for anti-communism sentiment. The conflict arose due to the fear of communism spreading throughout Southeast Asia, with the United States and its allies opposing the communist forces of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. The U.S. believed that stopping the spread of communism was crucial to maintaining global stability and protecting their own interests. This sentiment drove their involvement in the war, as they aimed to contain and defeat the communist forces in Vietnam.

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  • 9. 

    The United States most potent weapon in Vietnam was

    • A.

      The B-52 Bomber

    • B.

      Marine snipers

    • C.

      Tank division

    • D.

      Atomic bomb

    Correct Answer
    A. The B-52 Bomber
    Explanation
    During the Vietnam War, the United States deployed various weapons and tactics, but the B-52 Bomber was considered the most potent weapon. The B-52 Bomber was an iconic long-range strategic bomber capable of delivering a large payload of bombs over a significant distance. It played a crucial role in conducting strategic bombing campaigns and providing close air support to ground forces. Its ability to carry a wide range of munitions and deliver devastating airstrikes made it a formidable weapon in the Vietnam War.

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  • 10. 

    The peace talk that ended the war in Vietnam took place in this city

    • A.

      Abidjan

    • B.

      Paris

    • C.

      Geneva

    • D.

      New York

    Correct Answer
    B. Paris
    Explanation
    The peace talk that ended the war in Vietnam took place in Paris. Paris was chosen as the location for the negotiations because it was seen as a neutral ground and a symbol of diplomacy. The talks, known as the Paris Peace Accords, were held between the United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam, and the Viet Cong. The negotiations resulted in a ceasefire agreement and the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, effectively ending the war.

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  • 11. 

    Highly successful United States diplomat who played a key role in the peace talks to end the conflict in Vietnam

    • A.

      Prudence Bushnell

    • B.

      Condoliza Rice

    • C.

      Henry Kissinger

    • D.

      Hillary Clinton

    Correct Answer
    C. Henry Kissinger
    Explanation
    Henry Kissinger is the correct answer because he was a highly successful United States diplomat who played a key role in the peace talks to end the conflict in Vietnam. Kissinger served as the National Security Advisor and later as the Secretary of State under President Richard Nixon. He was instrumental in negotiating the Paris Peace Accords in 1973, which led to a ceasefire and withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. Kissinger's diplomacy and negotiation skills were crucial in bringing an end to the Vietnam War.

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  • 12. 

    Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam was a

    • A.

      Peasant

    • B.

      Shoe maker

    • C.

      A village chief

    • D.

      A military officer trained at Westpoint

    Correct Answer
    A. Peasant
    Explanation
    Ho Chi Minh, the leader of North Vietnam, was a peasant. This means that he came from a farming background and was not part of the elite or ruling class. Being a peasant likely influenced Ho Chi Minh's perspective and ideology, as he would have understood the struggles and aspirations of the working class. This background may have also contributed to his determination to fight for the rights and independence of the Vietnamese people.

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  • 13. 

    French colonial rule ended after the sound defeat at the valley of

    • A.

      Da Nang

    • B.

      Saigon

    • C.

      Dien bien phu

    • D.

      Hanoi

    Correct Answer
    A. Da Nang
    Explanation
    French colonial rule ended after the sound defeat at the valley of Dien Bien Phu. This battle took place in 1954 during the First Indochina War between the French Union and the Viet Minh forces. The Viet Minh, led by General Vo Nguyen Giap, successfully besieged and defeated the French forces, leading to the end of French colonial rule in Vietnam. Dien Bien Phu was a turning point in the conflict and marked the beginning of negotiations that eventually led to the Geneva Accords, which divided Vietnam into North and South.

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  • 14. 

    During his term as president, Lyndon B. Johnson thought that priority for United States should be

    • A.

      Achieve peace with honor

    • B.

      Stop the spread of communism by all means

    • C.

      Withdarw immediately from Vietnam

    • D.

      Concentrate on domestic social programs

    Correct Answer
    D. Concentrate on domestic social programs
    Explanation
    During his term as president, Lyndon B. Johnson believed that the priority for the United States should be to concentrate on domestic social programs. This means that he believed that the country should focus on addressing and improving social issues within the country, such as poverty, education, healthcare, and civil rights, rather than getting involved in foreign conflicts like the Vietnam War. Johnson's administration implemented various domestic policies, including the "War on Poverty," the Civil Rights Act, and the Great Society programs, which aimed to address these social issues and bring about positive change within the United States.

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  • 15. 

    In the peace talks that ended the conflict, North Vietnam was represented by

    • A.

      Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ki

    • B.

      Le Duc Tho

    • C.

      President Thieu

    • D.

      President Ngo Dinh Diem

    Correct Answer
    B. Le Duc Tho
    Explanation
    Le Duc Tho was the representative of North Vietnam in the peace talks that ended the conflict. He was a senior member of the Communist Party and played a crucial role in negotiating the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Tho was known for his strong commitment to the communist cause and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with Henry Kissinger for their efforts in negotiating the peace agreement. However, Tho declined the prize as the conflict in Vietnam had not yet fully ended.

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  • 16. 

    Congress voted unanimously to give the president an official declaration of war and a blank check to wage war in Vietnam

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Congress did not vote unanimously to give the president an official declaration of war and a blank check to wage war in Vietnam. In fact, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which authorized the president to take military action in Vietnam, was passed by Congress in 1964 with only two dissenting votes. This resolution did not declare war but rather gave the president broad powers to use military force without a formal declaration of war.

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  • 17. 

    Before the conflict in Vietnam, most Americans did not know where Vietnam is located on the globe

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Before the conflict in Vietnam, most Americans did not know where Vietnam is located on the globe. This is because Vietnam was not a well-known or prominent country to Americans prior to the conflict. The Vietnam War brought the country into the spotlight and increased awareness and knowledge about its location among Americans.

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  • 18. 

    The United States invaded Vietnam in an effort to combat global terrorism

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the United States did not invade Vietnam to combat global terrorism. The United States invaded Vietnam during the Vietnam War, which was a conflict between North Vietnam (supported by the Soviet Union and China) and South Vietnam (supported by the United States and other anti-communist countries). The main reason for the U.S. invasion was to prevent the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, not to combat global terrorism.

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  • 19. 

    J.F.K was the president during the escalation phase of the conflict

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    J.F.K was not the president during the escalation phase of the conflict. The escalation phase of the conflict refers to the period of increased military involvement and intensification of the conflict, which primarily occurred during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson. J.F.K served as the president from 1961 until his assassination in 1963, while the escalation phase of the Vietnam War took place from 1965 to 1968 under President Johnson. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 20. 

    Lyndon Johnson was the president who ended the war in Vietnam

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Lyndon Johnson was not the president who ended the war in Vietnam. The war in Vietnam continued after Johnson's presidency and was eventually ended by President Richard Nixon in 1973 through the Paris Peace Accords.

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  • 21. 

    Vietnam was the most unpopular war in the history of the United States

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Vietnam War was indeed the most unpopular war in the history of the United States. This is primarily because it was a highly controversial conflict that lasted for almost 20 years and resulted in the loss of many American lives. The war was widely protested by the American public, with large-scale demonstrations and social unrest becoming common during this time. Additionally, the war was seen as unnecessary and unjust by many, leading to a significant decline in public support and a tarnished reputation for the US government.

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  • 22. 

    The ultimate objective of the conflict was to false Vietnam to trade with the United States

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. The ultimate objective of the conflict was not to force Vietnam to trade with the United States. The Vietnam War, which took place from 1955 to 1975, was primarily a political and military conflict between North Vietnam (supported by the Soviet Union and China) and South Vietnam (supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies). The main objective for the United States was to prevent the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, rather than forcing Vietnam to trade with them.

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  • 23. 

    To undermine N. Vietman will to fight, United States launched two major aerial bombing campaigns, 'Operation Rolling Thunder' and 'Operation Linebacker'

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because the United States did indeed launch two major aerial bombing campaigns, 'Operation Rolling Thunder' and 'Operation Linebacker,' in an attempt to undermine North Vietnam's will to fight. These campaigns involved intensive bombing of strategic targets in North Vietnam, including military installations, transportation networks, and industrial sites, with the aim of weakening the enemy's capabilities and forcing them to negotiate a peace settlement. These bombing campaigns were part of the larger U.S. strategy during the Vietnam War to exert military pressure on North Vietnam and ultimately achieve their objectives.

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  • 24. 

    Support for the war sharply declined in the United States when Saigon chief of police was shown on NBC prime time news shooting a Vietcong prisoner at point blank range

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that support for the war in the United States declined when a chief of police in Saigon was shown shooting a Vietcong prisoner on NBC prime time news. This implies that the incident had a significant impact on public opinion and caused a shift in support for the war. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 25. 

    To end the war, Vietnam surrendered and embraced a capitalist economy

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Vietnam did not surrender and embrace a capitalist economy to end the war. In fact, the Vietnam War ended with the Paris Peace Accords in 1973, which led to the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. After the war, Vietnam remained a communist country and continued to follow a socialist economic system. It was not until the late 1980s and early 1990s that Vietnam started implementing economic reforms to transition towards a more market-oriented economy.

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  • 26. 

    American effort in South Vietnam was undermined by

    • A.

      Numerous military coups

    • B.

      Disserting soldiers

    • C.

      Corruption within the South Vietnam government

    • D.

      A very organized and well equiped North Vietnam Army (NVA)

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Numerous military coups
    C. Corruption within the South Vietnam government
    D. A very organized and well equiped North Vietnam Army (NVA)
    Explanation
    The American effort in South Vietnam was undermined by numerous military coups, corruption within the South Vietnam government, and a very organized and well-equipped North Vietnam Army (NVA). The frequent military coups destabilized the South Vietnamese government and hindered its ability to effectively fight against the North Vietnamese forces. The corruption within the government further weakened its legitimacy and eroded public support. Additionally, the NVA posed a significant military threat with their advanced weaponry and strategic capabilities, making it difficult for the American-backed South Vietnamese forces to gain an upper hand in the conflict.

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  • 27. 

    In their struggle against the United States, Vietcong fighters were aided by

    • A.

      Unmanned drones

    • B.

      Knowledge of the terrain

    • C.

      Support from peasants

    • D.

      Mitary materiel from North Vietnam

    • E.

      The will and determination to resist outsiders

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Knowledge of the terrain
    C. Support from peasants
    D. Mitary materiel from North Vietnam
    E. The will and determination to resist outsiders
    Explanation
    During the Vietnam War, the Vietcong fighters had several factors that aided them in their struggle against the United States. Firstly, their knowledge of the terrain gave them a significant advantage as they were able to navigate through the dense jungles and use guerrilla tactics effectively. Additionally, the support they received from the local peasants, who provided them with information, supplies, and shelter, played a crucial role in their resistance. Moreover, the military material they received from North Vietnam, such as weapons and equipment, bolstered their capabilities. Lastly, the strong will and determination of the Vietcong to resist foreign intervention further fueled their fight against the United States.

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  • 28. 

    At the end of the conflict

    • A.

      South Vietnam fell to communist N. Vietnam

    • B.

      Congress limited US operations in Vietnam

    • C.

      N. Vietnam apologized for the war

    • D.

      N. Vietman paid the cost of reconstructing S. Vietman

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. South Vietnam fell to communist N. Vietnam
    B. Congress limited US operations in Vietnam
    Explanation
    South Vietnam fell to communist North Vietnam and Congress limited US operations in Vietnam. This suggests that the conflict ended with the victory of North Vietnam and the defeat of South Vietnam. Additionally, the fact that Congress limited US operations indicates a shift in US policy and a reduction in military involvement in Vietnam.

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  • 29. 

    In the domestic front

    • A.

      Riots occured with people protesting against the war

    • B.

      The Watergate scandal

    • C.

      Richard Nixon Resigned

    • D.

      Victory parades were held in airbases across the country

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Riots occured with people protesting against the war
    B. The Watergate scandal
    C. Richard Nixon Resigned
    Explanation
    The answer is a combination of events that occurred on the domestic front during a specific time period. Riots occurred with people protesting against the war refers to the widespread anti-war protests that took place during the Vietnam War. The Watergate scandal refers to the political scandal that involved the illegal activities of the Nixon administration. Richard Nixon resigned as a result of the scandal. These events highlight the social and political unrest that characterized the domestic front during this time.

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  • 30. 

    Vietnam veterans were

    • A.

      Welcomed as heroes

    • B.

      Not welcomed back at all

    • C.

      Blamed for attrocities commited during the war

    • D.

      Marginalized

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Not welcomed back at all
    C. Blamed for attrocities commited during the war
    D. Marginalized
    Explanation
    The answer is "Not welcomed back at all, Blamed for atrocities committed during the war, Marginalized." This answer suggests that Vietnam veterans were not given a warm welcome upon their return from the war. Instead, they were blamed for the atrocities committed during the war and were marginalized by society.

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