Unfit for Command Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jerome Corsi
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the authors introduce their argument?

2. During what war did the Swift Boat Veterans serve with Kerry?

3. What years was Hoffman involved with the Swift Boats?

4. How did Ponder's account of the injuries compare to Kerry's?

5. What causes Hoffman to be concerned about Kerry with regards to his political goals?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the general purpose of an Introduction, and how do O'Neill and Corsi use it to establish their intentions in Unfit for Command?

2. What does the quote from John Edwards say and why is it so effective?

3. What is significant about the location of Lupetti's observation and who was responsible for it?

4. How is Lupetti's observation in Vietnam relevant to Kerry and the ideas about him that the book outlines?

5. What are Hoffman's thoughts about Kerry, and why do the authors choose to begin the book with his quote?

6. How do the authors plan to answer the questions they pose at the end of the Introduction, and are their methods effective?

7. Who is Roy F. Hoffman and why is his opinion regarded so highly?

8. What is the main question that O'Neill and Corsi hope to answer about John Kerry, and what does the question mean?

9. What is the reason the authors do not use the word, "President", instead, referring to the position as the "Commander in Chief"?

10. How did Kerry reportedly act during his cameo appearance before the Swift Boat Veterans Reunion, what do his actions display, and how did the Swiftees respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Kerry's actions in the sampan incident. What was the setting for it and why is that relevant? What should Kerry have done differently? What were the results of his actions and the significance of the people in the sampan? In an attempt to explain the situation, who does Kerry blame? How did Kerry report the incident and what were his reasons for doing so? Why is the sampan incident one of the most effective examples of how the authors' opinion of Kerry is substantiated?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the purpose for Kerry's earlier book, The New Soldier. What did the language in the book display or reiterate about Kerry's dislike for the military? Describe the picture in The New Soldier that was offensive. Why was the book banished and what does Kerry do to prevent people from reading it? What are Kerry's motivations?

Essay Topic 3

Why is it important for the authors to establish that their motives for writing the book are not political? Describe 2 examples of how they accomplish this. What does the time in which the book was released have to do with their effort to distance themselves from politics? How might their points be taken less seriously if they represented a candidate or had a political agenda? How is their case strengthened by focusing only on Kerry's war background and his inability to be the Commander in Chief?

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