1968: The Year that Changed the Nation


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Why did the Tet Offensive cause a decline in the American public's confidence in the Vietnam War and the Johnson administration?

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1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was in Memphis at the time of his assassination _____.

2. What was Sirhan Sirhan's possible motivation for assassinating Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The United States in 1968 was among the most tumultuous times in U.S. history since its birth. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your knowledge regarding the U.S. timeline in 1968.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • U.S. political climate surrounding the Vietnam War
  • Politics of President Lyndon Johnson
  • Assassinations in the U.S. during 1968
  • The 1968 U.S. presidential election
  • Violence surround the Chicago Democratic National Convention

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately identify the various groups in the U.S. and Vietnam that were active political and military players during the year 1968
  • Information recall - access the information you've received regarding the people and places that made 1968 such an important year in U.S. history
  • Knowledge application - use the knowledge you've gained about the Vietnam War as well as political turmoil that occurred in the U.S. in 1968

Additional Learning

To learn more about 1968 politics in the United States, review the accompanying lesson on Events in the U.S. in 1986. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss President Lyndon B. Johnson's approach to the Vietnam War
  • Detail the Tet Offensive
  • Discuss the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its impact
  • Discuss the assassination of Robert Kennedy and the suspected motive behind it
  • Explore the 1968 presidential election