The Vietnam War (1945–1975)
Study Questions & Essay Topics
Always use specific historical examples to support your arguments.
1. How were the Vietnamese Communist forces so effective in the face of the far wealthier, technologically superior powers of France and the United States?
2. How did the Tet Offensive affect American politics, society, and the course of the war in Vietnam?
3. Discuss the role the American media played in the Vietnam War.
Suggested Essay Topics
1. Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? Justify your answer.
2. How did U.S. objectives differ from the objectives of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese Communists during the war?
3. Compare and contrast Johnson’s and Nixon’s respective Vietnam War strategies.
4. Discuss the impact of antiwar protest movements in the United States during the Vietnam War.
5. How did U.S. foreign policy evolve from the end of World War II in 1945 to the end of the Vietnam War in 1975?