The Vietnam War claimed millions of lives, spurred worldwide protests and forever changed the lives and government of Vietnamese citizens. Take our Vietnam War quiz to see how much you know about one of the most controversial conflicts in history.
How long did the Vietnam War last?
- 5 years
- 10 years
- 20 years plus
Which country ruled Vietnam for decades prior to the Vietnam War?
- Soviet Union
What line marked the division between North and South Vietnam starting in 1954?
- 17th parallel
- 38th parallel
What type of government did the North Vietnamese want when the war started?
Who were the Viet Cong?
- guerilla forces
- anti-war protestors
- U.S. troops in Vietnam
What spurred full-scale U.S. involvement on the ground in Vietnam?
- assassination of President Kennedy
- events at My Lai
- Gulf of Tonkin incident
There was never more than a maximum of 100,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam.
Who was the U.S. president when the U.S. sent its first combat troops to Vietnam during the war?
Ho Chi Minh was a communist official who led South Vietnam during the war.
What happened when America pulled all ground troops out of Vietnam in 1973?
- the North and South kept fighting
- the war ended
- Canadian troops took their place
What event signaled the end of the Vietnam War?
- Geneva Accord
- The Fall of Saigon
- Tet Offensive
What happened to Vietnam after the war?
- it became one unified country
- it split into two nations
- it became a U.S. territory
What year did North Vietnam launch the Tet Offensive?
Saigon was renamed as Ho Chi Min City after the War?
Who is Kim Phuc?
- a former Vietnamese leader
- wife of Vietnam's first post-war president
- a girl in a famous photograph
Total tonnage of bombs dropped on North Vietnam surpassed those dropped on Japan, Italy and Germany during WWII.
How long did future U.S. Senator John McCain spend as a POW in Vietnam?
Why did President Nixon want to draft 150,000 more U.S. soldiers in April 1970?
- to invade China
- to invade Japan
- to invade Cambodia
Actress Jane Fonda directly caused the death of numerous POWs in Hanoi.
What happened at My Lai?
- first U.S. group battle in Vietnam
- massacre of civilians
- final battle of the War
How many student protesters died at Kent State University in 1970?
How many people lost their lives during the Vietnam War?
- 3 million
- 6 million
- 12 million
How many people showed up in Washington D.C. to attend a massive anti-war protest on November 15, 1969?
What was Agent Orange designed to do?
- kill people
- kill plants
- kill insects
Which future film director won several medals for his bravery in Vietnam?
- Steven Spielberg
- George Lucas
- Oliver Stone
More Americans were drafted into Vietnam than any previous war.
Which president officially pardoned all Vietnam draft-dodgers?
How much did the U.S. spend on the war?
- $120 million
- $120 billion
- $120 trillion
The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. was funded entirely by private funds.
Who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.?
- Michael Graves
- Buckminster Fuller
- a college student named Maya Lin