A Vietcong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath Test | Final 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 did the term "neutralize" mean within the context of the Phoenix Program?

2. Why did Tang accept an appointment as director of the National Rubber Industry in Chapter 24?

3. What American events attracted the attention of the nationalists in 1973?

4. According to Tang in Chapter 16, how did America regard the country of Vietnam?

5. What did the Party ideologues decide the NLF troops should do for three months in Kratie?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the imminent signing of a negotiation agreement in Paris fill Tang and the nationalist forces with hope and excitement?

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

3. What caused Tran Back Dang to lose acceptance and blight his career with the COSVN?

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

5. What did Presidential Minister Tran Buu Kiem whisper to Tang during one the last general meetings involving the leadership of the NLF, PRG, the alliance, and the mass organizations?

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

7. When Tang visited Budapest in Chapter 20, what might be said to have been the motives of the Budapest government while they treated Tang to a visitor's tour and comforts?

8. What was the new attitude seen first from the North toward the alliance as exhibited in Chapter 16?

9. At the celebration for the victory of the North in Saigon, Tang asked Van Tien Dung where his Vietcong divisions one, three, five, seven, and nine are. What was his answer?

10. What became of Tang's two brothers, both of whom had stayed in Saigon throughout the war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain why Tang found Diem's government policies intolerable. What was most distressing about Diem from Tang's point of view?

Essay Topic 2

What was the purpose for the NLF's forming of The Movement for Self-Determination? What did the movement hope to accomplish? Why did the movement choose the members it did?

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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