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 was Nixon's "Vietnamization" as the NLF saw it?

2. What was the motto for Dung's opportune moment of a campaign on the assault of Saigon in April, 1974?

3. What did the vice president of the Chinese State Council do concerning the PRG in order to express their feelings about Hanoi's ongoing affiliation with the Soviets?

4. What announcement did Le Duan make at the joint meeting of the politburo and central military committee in 1975?

5. Why were both Nixon and Kissinger unable to formulate policies that would frustrate the strategies of the North?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What access to information did the leaders of the PRG have in the Maquis?

3. How did the NLF gain the support of the local population near Kratie, along the western banks of the Mekong?

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. How did the members of the PRG survive and live in their rough circumstances?

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

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

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 2

Describe Tang's life in the Maquis after his exchange. Why is Tang sentimental about his and the other PRG members' time there?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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