The Domino Theory & the Vietnam War: Definition & Eisenhower's Speech


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This president was the first to openly outline the domino theory as a military/diplomatic approach for the U.S.:

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1. The United States, under President Eisenhower, felt compelled to intervene in Southeast Asia after this colonial power was defeated by Vietnamese communists in 1954:

2. Which of the following best describes the domino theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet that accompany this lesson will utilize the thought behind the domino theory to explain the sequence of events that occurred during the Vietnam War. Learn and recall specific details on issues like diplomacy and military action during the war.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • U.S. presidential administrations throughout the war
  • Previous engagements in Vietnam
  • Fallout from American involvement in southeast Asia
  • Definition and outline of the domino theory

Skills Practiced

These items will assess your skills of:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Vietnam War in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the domino theory and the Vietnam war
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about various U.S. presidents
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the domino theory to evaluate the perceived threat of communism at the time

Additional Learning

Be sure to review the lesson titled, The Domino Theory & the Vietnam War: Definition & Eisenhower's Speech, so that you can be sure that you have understood all of the relevant material. This lesson will help you to focus on these objectives:

  • Define terms related to the war and the domino theory
  • Discover the history of conflict in Vietnam
  • Identify the different U.S. presidents that lead during the war
  • Understand the lasting effects of the intervention of the United States in Vietnam