The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War

The MCQs

  • A. Vietnam
  • B. Thailand
  • C. Laos
  • D. Cambodia
  • A. internationalism
  • B. McCarthyism
  • C. the domino theory
  • D. the nuclear arms race
  • A. A defeat of mastery — a championing of all odds — a beacon of human defiance
  • B. One of the great achievements of military engineering of the twentieth century
  • C. A pestilence that riddled southeast Asia for over 20 years
  • D. The trail was a necessary inconvenience
  • A. Americans became more willing to question government decisions.
  • B. Government leaders refocused government policies to serve social needs.
  • C. Future wars suffered from low levels of public support.
  • D. Young people began voting at rates higher than other groups
  • A. restraining communist military power and ideological influence
  • B. creating alliances with recently decolonized nations
  • C. reestablishing the principle of isolationism
  • D. avoiding a military confrontation with the Soviet Union
  • A. support decolonization in Asia and Africa
  • B. support United States allies in Latin America
  • C. protect United States interests in the Middle East
  • D. bolster non-communist nations, particularly in Europe

The SAQs

  1. Briefly explain one specific historical impact of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident
  2. Briefly explain one specific historical impact of the Tet Offensive.
  3. The Vietnam War and the US bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail inspired sizable and passionate antiwar protests that became more numerous as the war escalated. Name and briefly describe one specific piece of historical evidence in support of the claim that sometimes the antiwar protests led to violence.
  4. Briefly describe a historical event, development, or process that occurred in Vietnam before any significant American bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail
  5. The Vietnam War and the US bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail took place during the Cold War. Briefly describe one major similarity between the Cold War and World War II.
  6. Briefly describe one major difference between the Cold War and World War II.
  7. Briefly describe one major similarity between the Vietnam War bombings and the Korean War bombings.
  8. Briefly describe one major difference between the bombing of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the bombing of Korea during the Korean War.
  9. Briefly describe one major similarity between the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the Marshall Plan
  10. Briefly describe one major difference between the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the Marshall Plan

The LEQs

  1. Evaluate the extent to which the United States sought to contain Communism in Asia from 1947 to 1975
  2. Evaluate the extent to which US Cold War containment policy succeeded in Asia from 1950 to 1975.
  3. Evaluate the extent to which Americans feared Soviet expansion in Asia from 1947 to 1975
  4. Evaluate the relative importance of the different causes of the Vietnam War.

Sidenote #1

Sidenote #2

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution by HISTORY
The Ho Chi Minh Trail by Vox
The Vietnam War by APUSH teacher Steve Heimler
The Vietnam War, by APUSH teacher Adam Norris
The Vietnam War Protests by Yohuro Williams
Operation Rolling Thunder by PBS/American Experience

Sidenote #3

  • That the information found on each slide is so well written and formatted that the students who want to take notes need only take screenshots of the slides, rather than have to listen over and over again to what the video-producing teacher has said to get the gist of the message. To put it another way, I find the AP Daily videos infinitely more “note-taking friendly” than any of the content-delivering videos produced by various AP teachers found on Youtube, though I think many of these teachers have also produced high-quality videos. I, in fact, show some of their videos in class on occasion, though only after having had my students watch the AP Daily videos.
  • That the AP Daily video-producing teachers don’t attempt to interject humor, movie clips, silly faces, and sound effects into their videos. I prefer the no-nonsense, I’m not-going-to-waste-your-time approach; finding the alternative, and their attempts to engage, generally an unwanted distraction.
  • That AP Classroom provides me with the ability to hold my students accountable to the watching of the videos by way of an online, though often administered in class, AP Classroom Topic Question Quiz.
  • That AP Classroom provides me with an indication of the extent to which the students in my classes have answered the AP Classroom Topic Question Quiz questions correctly.
  • That AP Classroom provides me with an indication of the extent to which my students have “watched” each of the assigned videos.
  • That AP Classroom does not allow students to skip through a video and still earn credit for having “watched” the video. Students must watch the entire video for AP Classroom to so register.

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High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.

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High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.

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