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Jerome Corsi
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Kerry admit to about his decision to be part of the Swift Boats during Vietnam, in The Vietnam Experience: A War Remembered?
(a) That he misunderstood his assignment.
(b) That he had no intention of doing any patrolling.
(c) That he assumed he would be doing patrolling and did not want to get involved with the war.
(d) That he was looking forward to seeing the frontlines up close.

2. Who was in a sampan that Kerry ordered to be fired upon, according to his biography in the Boston Globe?
(a) Three women and no men.
(b) A mother and her grown child.
(c) Two women and two men.
(d) A mother and small child.

3. How does Kerry's gunner, Stephen Gardner, describe the sampan incident?
(a) Senseless butchery.
(b) Simply murder.
(c) Senseless murder.
(d) Simply butchery.

4. What did Kerry have a high regard for, according to those who served with him?
(a) His personal accountability.
(b) His own well being.
(c) His fellow officers.
(d) His exaggerated stories.

5. What was Cavett's reputation as a commentator?
(a) Clueless.
(b) Fair and objective.
(c) Unfair and biased.
(d) Rude.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Kerry distort shooting himself in the buttocks in order to receive his third purple heart?

2. Which of the following words are not used to describe Kerry by the authors during his time in Vietnam?

3. Based on Kerry's report, what kind of knowledge did the U.S. Army have of these "atrocities"?

4. What was the primary role of skimmers?

5. How does William Franke, who served with Kerry, describe his attitude about serving?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the assignment of the Swift Boats change, what was Kerry's response, and why did the other officers consider him to be a problem?

2. How was Kerry awarded the Silver Star?

3. What were Kerry's reasons for choosing the Swift Boats to serve on?

4. What happened in the infamous sampan incident, where a mother and her child were found, and how did Kerry respond?

5. How did the debate between O'Neill and Kerry begin, and what was the outcome?

6. What were the circumstances around the award of Kerry's second Purple Heart, and how does it parallel the first?

7. What was the length of a normal tour of duty, how did Kerry's time in the war compare to it, and how did the other officers regard his actions?

8. What was the conversation between Kerry and the Captain of an LST en route to An Thoi, and why do the authors dispute it?

9. What does Captain Plumly report about Kerry's service, and how does that correspond to the reports of his trips to Saigon?

10. How did O'Neill finally have the chance to debate Kerry in 1971?

(see the answer keys)

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