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The Vietnam War Quiz
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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?

  • England
  • Soviet Union
  • France

What line marked the division between North and South Vietnam starting in 1954?

  • 17th parallel
  • 38th parallel
  • Equator

What type of government did the North Vietnamese want when the war started?

  • Democracy
  • Republic
  • Communism

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.

  • true
  • false

Who was the U.S. president when the U.S. sent its first combat troops to Vietnam during the war?

  • Eisenhower
  • Nixon
  • Johnson

Ho Chi Minh was a communist official who led South Vietnam during the war.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 1968
  • 1970
  • 1972

Saigon was renamed as Ho Chi Min City after the War?

  • true
  • false

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.

  • true
  • false

How long did future U.S. Senator John McCain spend as a POW in Vietnam?

  • 4 months
  • 2 years
  • 4 years

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.

  • true
  • false

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?

  • 2
  • 4
  • 8

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?

  • 250,000
  • 150,000
  • 50,000

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.

  • true
  • false

Which president officially pardoned all Vietnam draft-dodgers?

  • Johnson
  • Nixon
  • Carter

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.

  • true
  • false

Who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.?

  • Michael Graves
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • a college student named Maya Lin