Pentagon Papers: Definition & Summary Video


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The Pentagon Papers demonstrated that _____.

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1. Daniel Ellsberg is most known for _____.

2. In what ways did the release of the Pentagon Papers affect the tenure of President Richard Nixon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This interactive quiz and printable worksheet will ask about key facts regarding the Pentagon Papers. After you've answered the quiz questions, review the lesson for more information on the factors surrounding the release of the documents.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions in this quiz assess your knowledge of the following topics:

  • Contents of the Pentagon Papers
  • Factors involving the leak of the documents
  • Legal challenges
  • Nixon Administration's reaction
  • Public response to the Pentagon Papers

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can review an account of the Pentagon Papers and understand their impact on attitudes and events
  • Information recall - access the facts you've learned about the history of the Pentagon Papers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to describe examples of the deception revealed in the Pentagon Papers

Additional Learning

For more details and information, review the lesson Pentagon Papers: Definition & Summary. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the justification used to leak the Pentagon Papers
  • List the presidents who misled the public about the war
  • Understand the connection between the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate Scandal
  • Describe the significance of the Supreme Court ruling on the Pentagon Papers