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 is COSVN which is described in Chapter 11?

2. How did Ho Chi Minh ask Tang and his fellow students to refer to him?

3. What did Nguyen Van Thieu expect of Nixon and Kissinger as indicated in Chapter 12?

4. Why was Tang's wife allowed to visit Tang when he was imprisoned by the secret police and tortured?

5. What did the underground resistance Tang was involved with eventually evolve into?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Air Marshal Ky and his partner, Nguyen Van Thieu, make an attempt to disrupt Americans meeting with Dang's deputy, a cadre named Sau Ha?

2. Why had escaping Vietnam by boat become a great topic of conversation in the first days following northern liberation?

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

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

5. When Tang's boat during his escape was attacked by pirates, why wasn't the situation as horrible as some others had been?

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

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

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

9. What did General Trung mean when he joked that "even though we ran like hell, still we'll win" in regard to the NLF's retreat from the southern Cambodian border?

10. Why was the organizing congress for the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) held on June 6, 7 and 8, 1969?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Saigon's regime, led by Thieu, refuses to abide by an agreement of the Paris Accord signed by his own foreign minister. Explain Thieu's actions following the signing of the Accord. Discuss the PRG's reaction to Thieu's tactics at this time.

Essay Topic 2

When Tang was abducted by the secret police, he was put into a prison to be tortured. Why was Tang reluctant to admit to the police that he was a communist if it would avoid further torture? What brought Tang to finally admit on paper that he was a communist, when he truly was not? How might this false admission effect Tang's political life in the future?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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