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 was the turning point for those who finally decided to take political action and join the Alliance of National, Democratic and Peace Forces?

2. How were Phat's commandos able to lure Tho's prison guards away in Chapter 7?

3. What was Thanh Nghi famous for writing?

4. When Tang met Ho Chi Minh, what was his first impression of the president?

5. Why did the NLF Committee meet in 1961 during Tet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Albert Thao end up staying with Tang for three days in Chapter 6?

2. Why did Tang and his associates want to keep the American military from becoming involved in the Vietnamese conflict?

3. What were defined as the broad objectives of the mobilization committee for the peace movement?

4. What physical and mental condition was Tang in while a prisoner at the headquarters prison?

5. How did the NLF become dominated by the Communist Party and the Northern government?

6. Why was it that the National Liberation Front was not anxious to see President Diem overthrown?

7. What did Tang's father tell him in an unexpected letter in 1951?

8. What were Tang's feelings toward America when he returned to Saigon in 1955?

9. Why was it that President-Designate Tho was unable to be liberated from detention in Tuy Hoa?

10. What impressed Tang so much when he discovered what Ho Chi Minh was through while he met with Tang and a fellow student for tea?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What were Tang's family's expectations for the way he should lead his life? What disappointments, if any, were faced by Tang's father as they applied to his son and how did his father react to these disappointments?

Essay Topic 2

Pham Hung and General Trung of Central Office South Vietnam (COSVN), Communist Party headquarters in South Vietnam, joked that "even though we ran like hell, still we'll win" after Northern forces retreated from southern Cambodian borders to Kratie. Explain the meaning of this quote as it relates to Vietnamese guerrilla fighters. How can the reader interpret Henry Kissinger's similar statement given in a journal article in 1968?

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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