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Vietnam War Trivia (1954 to 1960)

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. As dictated by the Geneva Conference of 1954, the partition of Vietnam was meant to be only temporary, pending national elections on July 20, 1956. Much as in Korea, the agreement stipulated that the two military zones were to be separated by a temporary demarcation line. What was the border line known as?

  1. DMZ
  2. Border Line
  3. The Line of No Entry

2. When did the last French soldiers leave Vietnam?

  • April 1954
  • April 1955
  • April 1956

3. At the Geneva Conference the French negotiated a ceasefire agreement with the Viet Minh over Vietnam. What other countries did the French NOT grant independence?

  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Thailand

4. The United States signed the Geneva agreement.

  • True or False?

5. The cornerstone of U.S. policy was the argument that if South Vietnam fell to communist forces, then all of South East Asia would follow. What was the policy known as?

  • Truman Doctrine
  • Eisenhower Peace Plan
  • Domino Theory

6. From 1955 to 1963, who was the leader of South Vietnam?

  • Bao Dai
  • Ngo Dinh Diem
  • Luu Doan Huynh

7. Opponents were labeled Viet Cong by the regime to degrade their nationalist credentials.

  • True or False?

8. Four hundred government officials were assassinated in 1957 alone, and the violence gradually increased. While the terror was originally aimed at local government officials, it soon broadened to include other symbols of the status quo, such as schoolteachers, health workers, and agricultural officials.

  • True or False?

9. Finally, in January 1959, the North's Central Committee issued a secret resolution authorizing an "armed struggle". This authorized the southern communist to begin large-scale operations against the South Vietnamese military. North Vietnam supplied troops and supplies in earnest, and the infiltration of men and weapons from the north began. What was the route known as?

  • Ho Chi Minh Trail
  • Viet Cong Road
  • Highway 101

10. Observing the increasing unpopularity of the South Vietnam regime, on December 12, 1960, Hanoi authorized the creation of a front group for the Vietcong, the communist army in the South.

  • National Liberation Front
  • Front for Vietnam Liberation
  • Vietnam League

Vietnam War Trivia (1954 to 1960) Answers

  1. DMZ
  2. April 1956
  3. Thailand
  4. False. The United States, alone among the great powers, refused to sign the Geneva agreement.
  5. Domino Theory
  6. Ngo Dinh Diem
  7. True
  8. True
  9. Ho Chi Minh Trail
  10. National Liberation Front

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