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The Vietnam War
(Overview to 1954)

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from 1959 to April 30, 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and others.

  • True or False?

2. In 1927, the Việt Nam Quốc D�n Đảng (Vietnamese Nationalist Party), modeled after the Guomingtang in China, was founded. In 1930, the party launched the armed Yen Bai mutiny in Tonkin which resulted in its chairman and many other leaders captured and executed by the guillotine. Who was the chairman?

  • Nguyen Ai Quoc
  • Nguyen Thai Hoc
  • Phan Boi Chau

3. In 1940, during World War II, Japan invaded Indochina, keeping the Vichy French colonial administration in place as a Japanese puppet.

  • True or False?

4. In 1941, who arrived in northern Vietnam to form the Việt Minh Front, short for Việt Nam Độc Lập Đồng Minh Hội.

  • Phan Boi Chau
  • Phan Chu Trinh
  • Ho Chi Minh

5. The Việt Minh had a modest armed force and during the war. Who did they work with during WW2 to collect intelligence on the Japanese?

  • British MI-6
  • U.S. Office of Strategic Services
  • Australian Office of War Intelligence

6. In early 1945, due to a combination of Japanese exploitation and poor weather, a famine broke out in killing between 1 and 2 million people. What part of Vietnam did the famine occur?

  • Tonkin
  • Annam
  • Cochinchina

7. The Japanese surrendered to the Allies in August 1945. The Việt Minh launched the "August Revolution" across the country to seize government offices. Emperor Bảo �ại abdicated on August 25, 1945, ending the Nguyễn Dynasty. On September 2, 1945 Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam independent under the new name of the and held the position of Chairman. What was the name he gave to Vietnam?

  • Peoples Vietnam Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Vietnam
  • Union of Vietnam Republics

8. When did British forces landed in southern Vietnam, disarming the Japanese and restoring order?

  • August 1945
  • September 1945
  • October 1945

9. Realizing that colonialism was coming to an end worldwide, France fashioned a semi-independent State of Vietnam, within the French Union. Meanwhile, as the Communists under Mao Zedong took over China, the Viet Minh began to receive military aid from China. When did war break out between the Viet Minh and France?

  • 1946
  • 1947
  • 1948

9. The Viet Minh force grew significantly with China's assistance and in 1954, under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap, launched a major siege against French bases in Dien Bien Phu. The Viet Minh force surprised Western military experts with their use of primitive means to move artillery pieces and supplies up the mountains surrounding Dien Bien Phu, giving them a decisive advantage. On May 7 1954, When did French troops at Dien Bien Phu, under Christian de Castries, surrendered to the Viet Minh?

  • May 7, 1952
  • May 7, 1953
  • May 7, 1954

11. The Geneva Conference of 1954 ended France's colonial presence in Vietnam and partitioned the country into two states at the 17th parallel pending unification on the basis of internationally supervised free elections.

  • True or False

The Vietnam War
(Overview to 1954) Answers

  1. True
  2. Nguyen Thai Hoc
  3. True
  4. Ho Chi Minh
  5. U.S. Office of Strategic Services
  6. Tonkin
  7. Democratic Republic of Vietnam
  8. October 1945
  9. 1947
  10. May 7, 1954
  11. True

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