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Vietnam AP


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Christian Alas
Created and illustrated By:
Angelo Romero and Camilo Sanabria


Vietnam is a country located in Southeast Asia and is bordered on the west by China, Laos, and Cambodia. It is bordered by the South China Sea on the east.

Its location gives it a very hot climate almost all year round. However, this heat is not arid. Instead it has more of a humid feel. With a population of 85 million, it is the 13th most populated country in the world and possesses one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

It has also developed into a popular vacation destination because of its numerous beaches and inexpensive prices.

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When analyzing the history of Vietnam, one can see that it has been filled with war and struggle. It’s hard to believe that it has evolved to its position today as an up-and-coming nation. Beginning with the French occupancy during the mid-1800s, Vietnam has experienced a struggle for independence throughout most of its modern existence.

After defeating the French, Vietnam faced internal friction which escalated into the Vietnam War. This war consisted of the Communist-led North against the Republic-led South. The U.S. also became involved, supporting the South.

As Much controversy surrounds the war to this day, from the U.S.’s involvement to the toxic chemicals used in battles. Although few would have predicted it, the North emerged victorious.

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Some critics say that the U.S. took winning for granted and took a tepid approach until it was too late. Much of the hypotheses for the failed U.S. attempt remain conjecture.
Not until 1975 did Vietnam begin its stabilization. This began with the fusion of North and South Vietnam’s government into one nucleus after the war.

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Today Vietnam is gaining strength as a powerful nation although it is not quite there yet. The largest city is Ho Chi Minh City located in the South. Its population is 6.2 million people.

The lifestyle in the city is anything but inert. Nearly everyone has a motorbike and travels accordingly. The country’s unfortunate past and promising hope are both palpable in Ho Chi Minh.

It is like a porous sponge trying to squeeze out a distressing history. Modern technology such as wireless Internet verifies that Vietnam is becoming modern, but beggars orbiting around tourists suggest that it still has many problems to solve.
Education is valued, and for those lucky enough to be able to attend schools, they go and study English, Math, Astronomy, etc.

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In terms of religion, most of Vietnam is Buddhist, although not everyone practices regularly. Other religions or celestial beliefs are not common.

Overall, Vietnam is a country that is primed to eclipse the other nations in its class in terms of economic strength.

It is in a transition phase and appears to be rising quickly. Not even gravity can stop its ascent into the industrialized world.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Analyze

2. ____ Verify

3. ____ Conjecture

4. ____ Arid

5. ____ Evolve

6. ____ Inert

7. ____ Hypothesis

8. ____ Palpable

9. ____ Predict

10. ____ Porous

A. Absorbent, spongyd

B. Grow, advance, progress

C. Guess, speculation

D. Physical, tangible

E. Dry, barren

F. Confirm, prove

G. Examine, study

H. Guess, theory, suggestion

I. Still, motionless

J. Foresee, guess, expect

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ Gravitye

2. ____ Nucleus

3. ____ Celestial

4. ____ Eclipse

5. ____ Orbit

6. ____ Tepid

8. ____ Toxic

9. ____ Fusion

10. ____ Astronomy

A. Outshine, surpass

B. Resistance, conflict

C. Move around, circle, loop

D. Union, combination

E. Center, core, basis

F. Study of galaxies

G. Extraterrestrial, heavenly

H. Poisonous, lethal, deadly

I. Unenthusiastic, half-hearted

J. Force that pulls things down

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Multiple Choice

Vietnam is located in

A.  Southwest Asia.

B.  Southeast Asia.

C.  Northeast Asia.

D.  Northwest Asia.

Vietnam’s climate is

A.  hot.

B.  cold.

C.  moderate.

D.  freezing.

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Vietnam is the ___ most populated country in the world.

A.  4th.

B.  9th.

C.  7th.

D.  13th.

The capital of Vietnam is

A.  Hanoi.

B.  Ho Chi Minh City.

C.  Saigon.

D.  Dalat.

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The most common religion in Vietnam is

A.  Christianity.

B.  Judaism.

C.  Buddhism.

D.  Islam.

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True or False

Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1. ___   Vietnam has a population of 150 million people.

2. ___   During the 1800s, the Spanish occupied Vietnam and ruled.

3. ___   Vietnam is bordered by China, Laos, and Cambodia.

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Short Answer

1. Why was the Vietnam War so controversial in the U.S.?


2. What is Vietnam’s position on education?


3. What is Vietnam’s position today in terms of its economy?


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4. What was the result of the Vietnam War?


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Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?


2. What example supports the writer’s main idea?


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3. How does the example help the writer’s argument?


4. What do you think about the story?


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