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. Why did Tang and his compatriots refuse the radio being offered to them by the Americans readying them for a prisoner exchange?

2. Which of the following was NOT an objective of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam?

3. What was Chi Hoa?

4. Who did Albert Thao's family get to protect him from harm?

5. Where did President Thao lead the alliance delegation in the spring of 1969?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Tang come to be made chief of his neighborhood contingent of the Vanguard Youth?

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. Why did Tang's father decide each of his sons' careers for them?

8. Why was Tang needed back home in 1955 more than ever in Chapter 4?

9. Within three years of Diem's presidency, what was apparent about the leader concerning his political endeavors?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Tang decided to forgo his pharmacy studies and focus instead on political science, his political views began to sway. In which direction did Tang's new studies take him politically? What did Tang come to understand about the relationship between Vietnam and France?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Albert Thao's personality. What was his ultimate mission politically, and why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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