A Vietcong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Truong Nhu Tang
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What occurred on November 11, 1960?

2. Who did Tang's small group meet by chance when they were dropped off near a jungle path on a prisoner exchange mission in Chapter 11?

3. What role did the leading figure of the Committee to Defend the Peace, Dr. Pham Van Huyen, play in Diem's government in 1954?

4. Where was Nguyen Huu Tho when Phat's men attempted to liberate him from prison?

5. What career did Tang's father decide Tang should pursue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Article 9 out of the Paris Accord call for the creation of?

2. What did the NLF fighters do when they were not fighting or sick?

3. Why does Tang come out of retirement and return to Saigon?

4. What was the theme of the seminars given to the Alliance/NLF/PRG leaders in Kratie?

5. What brought Tang's father and father-in-law to demand that Tang's wife return home to Vietnam?

6. What kind of secrecy was involved in the first meeting of the NLF?

7. How did Tang come to the difficult conclusion that he had to leave Vietnam after all he had been through?

8. Why did the South Vietnamese secret police want to get prisoners to admit to being members of the Communist Party?

9. Why was it that Diem did not have the loyalty of his subjects, the South Vietnamese people?

10. What did Nguyen Van Thieu make clear immediately upon Tran Van Lam's signing of the Paris accords?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why would an open opposition by Vietnam to either China or to the Soviets be hurtful to the emerging nation as far as Tang and the nationalists were concerned? In what ways were the Soviets and the Chinese helpful to Tang's cause?

Essay Topic 2

Express an opinion as to whether Tang's and his fellow nationalists' struggles had been in vain. Support your opinion with facts and feelings expressed within the book.

Essay Topic 3

Many of those who joined the Alliance of National, Democratic and Peace Forces at its founding had been resistant for years to formally joining such organizations.

Why had these people (most of whom were old friends of Tang) resisted associating themselves politically, regardless of their sympathies for the goals of the NLF? What made them finally decide to take action by 1968?

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