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Vietnam War Trivia (1960 to 1963)

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. When John F. Kennedy won the 1960 U.S. presidential election, one major issue Kennedy raised was whether the Soviet space and missile programs had surpassed those of the U.S. As Kennedy took over, despite warnings from Eisenhower about Laos and Vietnam, Europe and Latin America "loomed larger than Asia on his sights."

  • True or False?

2. In June 1961, John F. Kennedy bitterly disagreed with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev when they met in Vienna over key U.S.-Soviet issues. Cold war strategists concluded Southeast Asia would be one of the testing grounds where Soviet forces would test the USA's containment policy, begun during the Truman Administration and solidified by the stalemate resulting from the Korean War. What did the Legacy of the Korean War create?

  • Idea of a limited war
  • Idea of nuclear weapons increases
  • Idea of terrorism

3. Although Kennedy stressed long-range missile parity with the Soviets, he was also interested in using special forces for counterinsurgency warfare in Third World countries threatened by communist insurgencies. Although they were originally intended for use behind front lines after a conventional invasion of Europe, Kennedy believed that the guerrilla tactics employed by special forces such as the Green Berets would be effective in a "brush fire" war in Vietnam. Where did the British have success using such forces?

  • South Africa
  • Malaya
  • Pakistan

4. In 1961, the USA had 50,000 troops based in Korea, and Kennedy faced a three-part crisis—the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the construction of the Berlin Wall, and a negotiated settlement between the pro-Western government of Laos and the Pathet Lao communist movement.

  • True or False?

5. Kennedy determined to "draw a line in the sand" and prevent a communist victory in Vietnam. The US had 800 troops in Vietnam. What did Kennedy increase the troop level too?

  • 16,300 troops
  • 26,600 troops
  • 36,900 troops

6. In May 1961, Vice President Richard Nixon visited Saigon and enthusiastically declared Diem (South Vietnam president) the "Winston Churchill of Asia."

  • True or False?

7. What was the joint U.S.-South Vietnamese program attempted to resettle the rural population into fortified camps called?

  • Strategic Hamlet Program
  • Rural Fortress Defense
  • Village Protections Plan

8. On July 23, 1962, fourteen nations, including the People's Republic of China, South Vietnam, the Soviet Union, North Vietnam and the United States, signed an agreement promising the neutrality of what country?

  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand

9. The inept performance of the South Vietnamese army was exemplified by failed actions such as on January 2, 1963, in which a small band of Viet Cong beat off a much larger and better equipped South Vietnamese force, many of whose troops seemed reluctant even to engage in combat. What was the battle that showed the problem?

  • Battle of Ap Bac
  • Battle of Tonkin Gulf
  • Battle of Way

10. President Diem was overthrown and executed, along with his brother, on November 2, 1963. When he was informed, Maxwell Taylor remembered that Kennedy "rushed from the room with a look of shock and dismay on his face." He had not approved Diem's murder. The U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, invited the coup leaders to the embassy and congratulated them. Ambassador Lodge informed Kennedy that "the prospects now are for a shorter war".

  • True or False?

Vietnam War Trivia (1960 to 1963) Answers

  1. True
  2. Idea of a limited war
  3. Malaya
  4. True
  5. 16,300 troops
  6. False. It was Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  7. Strategic Hamlet Program
  8. Laos
  9. Battle of Ap Bac
  10. True

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