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Truong Nhu Tang
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did some local Mytho guerillas do to Albert Thao?
(a) Threatened his family with death.
(b) Recruited him as a spy.
(c) Threw him into the river to drown.
(d) Shot him on the spot.

2. What did Tang do in regards to his pharmaceutical studies in Chapter 3?
(a) He failed the courses.
(b) He graduated and moved on to other things.
(c) He abandoned them.
(d) He added political science on as a double major.

3. What did Nguyen Van Thieu do when he discovered a prisoner exchange being negotiated between the Americans and the North?
(a) He was in favor of the program and promoted it.
(b) He had Sau Ha, Dang's deputy, arrested.
(c) He told the Americans to pull out of his country.
(d) He resigned his position.

4. What prevented Tang from attending the First National Congress in 1962?
(a) He was arrested.
(b) He had an ulcer crisis.
(c) His connections were gone and he could not get there.
(d) There were no black pajamas available for him.

5. Why was Tang's wife allowed to visit Tang when he was imprisoned by the secret police and tortured?
(a) The police wished to torture her also, in front of Tang.
(b) She agreed to encourage him to sign an admission of guilt.
(c) She would be arrested also.
(d) The rules called for family visitors.

6. What did Albert Thao believe about Diem's leadership in Vietnam?
(a) He was moving toward peaceful unification of north and south.
(b) He was a strong, independent leader.
(c) Diem would hold fair elections in Vietnam.
(d) He was a puppet for the Americans.

7. What did Ho Chi Minh give Tang at the end of their afternoon tea together at Montmorency?
(a) A book of Vietnamese history.
(b) A teacup momento.
(c) An autographed photograph.
(d) A recital of Confucianist sayings.

8. In Chapter 3, what did Tang become more and more involved with in Paris?
(a) British culture.
(b) His pharmacy studies.
(c) Agitation against the war.
(d) His fiance from Vietnam.

9. When Tang met Ho Chi Minh, what was his first impression of the president?
(a) He was inappropriately dressed for the occasion.
(b) He blended in with the other dignitaries.
(c) He was weak and sickly.
(d) He was dignified and strong.

10. How did Albert Thao capitalize on his role of investigating army officers for disloyalty to Diem?
(a) He developed relationships with prominent military figures.
(b) He was able to spy on anyone he pleased.
(c) He would plan a coup in this way.
(d) He did not have to work very hard.

11. What did Tang's pregnant wife do when both fathers demanded the couple return home?
(a) She returned home alone.
(b) She stayed with her husband in France.
(c) She aborted her baby and stayed in France.
(d) She persuaded Tang to return home with her.

12. Why did Tang and his compatriots refuse the radio being offered to them by the Americans readying them for a prisoner exchange?
(a) Radios were considered disrespectful in their religion.
(b) They feared it might contain a bomb.
(c) They thought it might contain an electronic homing device.
(d) They did not want any gifts from the enemy.

13. What did Tang do when he was drafted by the Bao Dai government?
(a) He became a teacher wherever he was needed.
(b) He joined the revolution in Cambodia.
(c) He enrolled in college.
(d) He left the country.

14. Where did President Thao lead the alliance delegation in the spring of 1969?
(a) To the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
(b) A skirmish with the secret police in Saigon.
(c) A visit to Hanoi.
(d) A meeting with President Johnson.

15. What was Diem preoccupied with throughout his regime?
(a) Americans.
(b) His brother's welfare.
(c) The farmers and villages.
(d) Internal disloyalty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Thanh Nghi famous for writing?

2. After the overthrow of Diem, what did Tang become director-general of?

3. By the end of 1958, who were basically the only people who supported Diem's regime?

4. When Tang was in solitary confinement in the national police headquarters, what saved him from lapsing into permanent catatonia?

5. What became the chief news item on the prison grapevine after an ethnic Chinese labor leader was shot by prison guards and survived her wounds?

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