SAT Subject US History Practice Question 978: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 978

59. Why did the Vietnamese build hundreds of miles of tunnels?

A. To hide from French soldiers
B. To hide from American soldiers
C. To prepare for military operations
D. To live in them for months at a time
E. All of the above

Correct Answer: E


There were tunnels all over South Vietnam, which showed the willingness of the South Vietnamese to sacrifice time, effort, and comfort for independence. These were elaborate systems in which some people lived for months. American soldiers were never sure where the Vietcong would appear because they could come out of the tunnels at them.

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