"1975: The Fall of Saigon" by Patricia Smith (4/5/10)



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Answer all questions on loose-leaf in full sentences. Please be sure to put the proper heading on the top of the paper. The link to the article may be found under your homework on the school website.
"1975: The Fall of Saigon" by Patricia Smith (4/5/10)

  1. How many US soldiers died in Vietnam? How many were injured?

  2. Who was the US fighting in Vietnam?

  3. How did the war impact American society?

  4. What has changed in Vietnam over the last thirty-five years? What has remained the same?

  5. What did Ho Chi Minh want to happen in Vietnam after independence and partition?

  6. What did American officials fear was going to happen in Southeast Asia?

  7. What did the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution allow President Johnson to do?

  8. What does the author mean when he says the Vietnam War was a "war fought on TV?

  9. Explain what Marshall McLuhan meant when he said "Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America, not on the battlefields of Vietnam"?

  10. Explain the policy of Vietnamization.

  11. What happened under the Paris Peace Accords?

  12. What marked the end of the Vietnam War?

  13. Who did the Vietnamese rely on for help to rebuild their country?

  14. How did Vietnam follow China's example in the 1980's?

  15. What are relations like between the US and Vietnam today?

  16. Why are people in the US calling the war in Afghanistan another Vietnam?

Answer all questions on loose-leaf in full sentences. Please be sure to put the proper heading on the top of the paper. The link to the article may be found under your homework on the school website.


"1968: The My Lai Massacre" by Craig R. Whitney (2/25/08)

  1. What does the My Lai Massacre represent?

  2. What happened in My Lai on March 16, 1968?

  3. What were the Viet Cong?

  4. Why was it hard for US troops to recognize the enemy in Vietnam?

  5. Why did US soldiers call My Lai "Pinkville"?

  6. Why were US soldiers angry at the villagers in My Lai?

  7. What were the soldiers told they would find in My Lai? What did they actually find?

  8. What did soldiers under Lt. Calley's command do to the villagers in My Lai?

  9. What did Officer Hugh Thompson do?

  10. What did Captain Medina say happened? How did the truth finally come out?

  11. How did people in the US react to news of the My Lai massacre?

  12. What happened to those involved in the massacre?

  13. How did Communist leaders use the My Lai massacre? Why was this hypocritical?

  14. Why do events in Iraq remind the American public of Vietnam?



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