A test for Slovak highschool students. Warning: the test is more about checking if they understand the questions and what was said in class than about asking tough history questions.
- How many American soldiers were killed in Vietnam?
A. 5,800 killed (30,564 were wounded)
B. 58,315 killed (303,644 were wounded)
C. 580,000 killed (3,054,054 were wounded)
2. The Americans never lost a battle, but they lost the war. How is this possible?
A. They ran out of Coca Cola and the American soldiers wanted to go home.
B. The North-Vietnamese and the Vietcong were much more willing to keep fighting and lose people than the Americans. The American people at home saw the violent images on television, they were shocked and wanted to end the war, even though the American soldiers were almost winning.
C. The best American general was killed by a sniper and the American soldiers lost all hope of ever winning the war without this general.
3. In January 1968 the North-Vietnamese and the Vietcong launched a huge offensive in South-Vietnam, what was it called?
A. The Tet Offensive
B. The Kek Offensive
C. The Ded offensive
4. The capital of South-Vietnam was called Saigon. The war ended when the North-Vietnamese captured it in 1975. They renamed it. What is it called today?
A. Loser city
B. Didi Mow City
C. Ho Chi Minh City
5. What is the Domino Theory?
A. The Americans thought that if Vietnam became entirely communist they would ruin the country and it would fall into the ocean.
B. The Americans thought they could win in Vietnam if they dropped bombs that looked like domino stones on Vietnam
C. The Americans thought that if Vietnam became communist all neigbouring countries would also become communist.
6. What was the biggest problem the Americans faced in Vietnam?
A. They didn’t know who the enemy was. They couldn’t find the enemy.
B. It was difficult to bring Coca Cola and hamburgers to the front.
C. American soldiers didn’t want to fight and always ran away.
7. Who supported North-Vietnam?
A. Canada, Australia and Ireland
B. Belgium and the Netherlands
C. The Soviet-Union and China
8. Why didn’t the US simply throw nuclear bombs on North-Vietnam?
A. They were afraid everyone would be shocked and that protests against America would break out everywhere in the world. They were also afraid that the Soviet-Union or China might also use nuclear bombs then.
B. This is a trick question. Nuclear bombs didn’t exist at that time.
C. They did use nuclear bombs, but the North-Vietnamese were so deep under the ground that they survived.
9. What is the ‘TonKin’ incident?
A. In 1964 the Americans claimed that North-Vietnamese ships had shot at American ships in the bay of Ton Kin. Recently they have admitted that this never happened, but back then they used it as a reason to send soldiers to Vietnam.
B. A North-Vietnamese airplane crashed into a South-Vietnamese airplane. 124 people were killed and this is the reason why the war broke out.
C. The North-Vietnamese were sending out lots of fishing boats and America said they were fishing too much and attacked them.
10. Who or what is ‘agent orange’?
A. Agent orange is a herbicide and defoliant chemical. The Americans used it to destroy the jungle the Vietcong was hiding in. It failed, because the leaves that fell on the ground fertilized the ground and an even thicker underbrush grew in which the Vietcong could hide even better. Some new-born babies in Vietnam still have horrible birth defects because of the wide-spread use of this dangerous product.
B. Agent orange was the grandfather of Donald Trump. He was sent to Vietnam to infiltrate the Vietcong, but lost his way and ended up in Mexico. By the time he realized he was in Mexico and not in Vietnam, the war was already over.
C. Agent orange was an American programme to poison all carrots in Vietnam, because they knew the Vietcong ate a lot of carrots.