Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente


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Why did Nixon engage in triangular diplomacy?

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1. How was Détente an important factor in Nixon's time in office?

2. How did Vietnamization fit into the Nixon Doctrine?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What diplomatic and military approaches did Nixon take to attempt to end the conflict in Vietnam? You will need to be familiar with the names of specific programs and military actions in order to successfully answer the questions in this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What countries in addition to the U.S. were involved in the Triangular Diplomacy program
  • The term used to describe the easing of relations within international affairs, particularly between the U.S., China and the Soviet Union
  • The term used to describe the policy in which the U.S. tried to turn the war in Vietnam over to the South Vietnamese army
  • What military tactics Nixon employed against North Vietnam and its adherents
  • The name of the agreement that ended the war between the U.S. and North Vietnam

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the various attempts by Nixon to bring the war in Vietnam to an end
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about foreign policy during the Vietnam War in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as Vietnamization and Détente
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding specific military efforts used by the U.S. against North Vietnam

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Détente. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the challenges about Vietnam facing Nixon as he entered office
  • Provide details about Triangular Diplomacy, such as what countries were involved in this program
  • Define Détente and explain what happened during this period
  • Discuss Nixon's attempt to build relations with China
  • Detail the U.S.'s efforts to turn the war over to the South Vietnamese
  • Identify specific military operations authorized by Nixon during the Vietnam War
  • Name the agreement that ended the war between the U.S. and Vietnam
  • Relate how North Vietnam defied this agreement, which led to the fall of South Vietnam