A History of the Vietnam War Practice Quiz
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Question 1: The earliest civilization of Vietnam dates back to 3rd century BC which in the Red Valley according to records. However, according to mythology, the nation was founded in 2879 B.C. If the myth refers to Hung Vhoung as the first ruler of Vietnam, who is the first President of Democratic Republic of Vietnam?
a) Bao Dai
b) Ngo Dinh Diem
c) Ton Duc Thang
d) Nguyen Sinh Cung
Nguyen Sinh Cung is the original name of Ho Chi Minh. Yes, I knew you are familiar that Ho Chi Minh is the DRV’s first President, but do you know his original name? Now you do. Most of the time, the choices will confuse you so know the process of elimination.Assuming you know Bao Dai was an emperor, Ngo Dinh Diem was Prime Minister of South Vietnam and Ton Duc Thang was the successor of Ho Cho Minh, it leaves you with Nguyen Sinh Cung.
Question 2: Vietnam succumbed to foreign rule but eventually resist. As a result, political upheavals against French dependency and Japanese occupation, and communist insurrection were held. What significant change in the political aspect of Vietnam happen following the end of monarchy after World War II?
a) Japanese empire gained control over Vietnam
b) Vietnam was proclaimed a republic
c) Chinese dynasties began to govern the Vietnamese
d) The first election in Vietnam was held
So use your visuals here, when do these events took place? Well, after the end monarchial regime in Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam was finally established. For this type of questions, your familiarity with the significant events will give you the right answer. Before World War II, Vietnam is under domination of the French. It falls on the hands of Japanese forces during the war but through the resistance of communist group founded by Ho Chi Minh, he freed the country from colonialism and proclaimed establishment of Republic of Vietnam.
Question 3: Despite the American training and weapons, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam fall short to resist the insurgency of Viet Cong. With growing influence and power, Viet Cong announced the formation of NLF or the National Liberation Front which serve as…
a) Regular army of Viet Cong
b) Guerilla combatants of Viet Cong
c) Political arm of Viet Cong
d) Augment from US military forces
The National Liberation Front served as political arm of the communist Viet Cong to put an end to Diem regime. Yes, NLF is not an army or combatants. And, no, this is not the National Football League in the USA.
Question 4: French Indochina to defend her allies and maintain its forces launched ___________ on the broad valley of Dien Bien Phu after Viet Minh attack Lai Chu.
a) Cold War
b) World War II
c) T’ai Maquis Defense
d) Operation Castor
In 1953, Viet Minh forces attacked Lai Chu, capital of T’ai Federation which deliver opium to French. Seeing that its forces are weakening to defend Lai Chu, French Commander General Navarre launched Operation Castor on the broad valley of Dien Bien Phu. This battle in Dien Bien Phu settled the fate of French Indochina as its forces were mauled by Viet Minh.
Question 5: The policy of U.S. President Richard Nixon involves withdrawal of American armed troops in Vietnam. This Nixon doctrine is also known as…
b) Vulture Operation
c) Operation Rolling Thunder
d) Commando Hunt
President Nixon in convincing that he is capable of ending Vietnam war imposes the policy of Vietnamization. This involve withdrawals of US troops while expanding, equipping, and training the South Vietnamese forces.
Question 6: Vietnam war escalated when USS Maddox was attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin by North Vietnamese. As a result, this President issued orders for the systematic bombing of North Vietnam.
a) President John F. Kennedy
b) President Richard Nixon
c) President Lyndon Johnson
d) President Ronald Reagan
The question’s challenge here is to recall when USS Maddox was sent. Remember that the vessel was sent for an intelligent mission following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So the answer will be his successor President Lyndon Johnson.
Question 7: Which of the following statement describes the policy of attrition pursued by General Westmoreland?
I. They aim to kill as many enemy troops as possible
II. They try to secure many territories
III. The policy involves a search and destroy operations of enemy units
IV. The policy involves a quest for resources to maintain forces
a) I and III
b) II and IV
c) All of the above
d) None of the above
The policy of Attrition was a military strategy aimed at killing and destroying as many enemy troops as possible. The side with more remaining military and equipment win. It is opposed to other war strategies which goal is to conquest for resources and territories.
Question 8: The Tet Offensive declared by the Vietnamese communist failed in overthrowing the South Vietnamese government but considered strategic victory for the North because…
a) The coordinated surprise attack drove the final wedge in the unstable alliance between the South Vietnam and United States
b) It was a crucial turning point as the Communist Republic of China finally recognize North Vietnam
c) Subsequent treaties were signed splitting North and South Vietnam along the 17th parallel latitude
d) Viet Cong troops reoccupy their lost territory with workforce and supplies delivered via Ho Minh Trail through Cambodia and Lao
The massive surprise attack, Tet Offensive, by North Vietnamese was a turning point to the unstable alliance between U.S. and South Vietnam as Americans changed their perception on war drawing withdrawal of support to South Vietnam. Although the North was not successful in reacquiring territories and getting resources, it was a first step in changing the war.
Question 9: Which of the following is not contained under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords?
a) Withdrawal of U.S. troops
b) Reunification of North and South Vietnam
c) South Vietnam government was to remain in place until next elections
d) North Vietnam forces to advance further and be reinforced.
From the name, Paris Peace Accords you can derive that the agreement aims to put an end to Vietnam war. Hence, to advance further forces and to be reinforced will never be a provision under the Peace treaty.
Question 10: Which of the following significant event marks the end of Vietnam War?
a) Signing of Paris Peace Agreement
b) Fall of Saigon
c) Vietnamization of War
d) Ho Chi Minh campaign
The collapse of South Vietnamese prompted Communist to launch final offense to called “Ho Chi Minh campaign” to conquer the country. This puts an end to Vietnam war following the Fall of Saigon.
More DSST Study Resources
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Official DSST Practice Test: Ok, so the DSST website isn’t the most inviting, but it will give you the best approximation of the real exam experience. Also, the official practice test is quite affordable (currently just $5 per practice exam).
DSST A History of the Vietnam War | Mometrix: Textbooks are great as far as they go, but I’d generally recommend you opt for this exam guide instead. It tends to cut through the confusion and help you accelerate your learning process.
InstantCert Academy: Another website with a very dated design, but as ancient as it looks, this is actually an incredibly valuable resource. Basically, you get a massive set of flashcards that you can use to study the Vietnam War and to really solidify that knowledge so you’re ready for the exam.
Plenty of other resources exist – just do a quick internet search – but these are a fantastic start, and probably all you really need. I’ve personally done some exams with just InstantCert and the official practice test.