Regional Geography 105
Vietnam War Study Guide

After the lecture and reading the "Vietnam War" articles you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What major, annual weather phenomenon affects Vietnam and southeast Asia?

Which European country possessed Vietnam as a colonial holding?

Which other southeast Asia countries were colonial holdings of this European country?

What does the word "Indochina" mean?

Which other European countries were colonial powers in southeast Asia?

When and why did Vietnam become a colonial holding?

Administratively the French divided Vietnam into three regions. What are the names of those three regions?

What happened to French control of Indochina during World War II?

What happened to Vietnam at the end of World War II?

Who was the leader of the communist party in Vietnam?

When did the formation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam take place?

When and why did the Indochina War occur?

When did the formation of the State of Vietnam occur?

What was the Geneva Agreement?

Why was the Battle of Dien Bien Phu important?

Why did the Geneva Agreement fail?

When did the Vietnam War begin?

Prior to 1964, what was the involvement of the United States in the conflict in Vietnam?

When and what event brought the United States into active military involvement in Vietnam?

What was the Tet Offensive?

What is the Ho Chi Minh Trail?

Why was this "trail" important?

When was the cease-fire agreement signed and what were the major stipulations of the agreement?

When did the last U.S. troops leave Vietnam?

What happens after the withdrawal of U.S. troop?

When does Saigon fall, marking the end of the Vietnam War?

The name of Saigon was changed after the war. It is now called _________________.

How many U.S. troops were killed during the Vietnam War?

How many Vietnamese were killed?

What is the basic premise of the Domino Theory and how does it apply to the Vietnam War?