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

2. What does Hoffman make clear about his position?

3. What were the people included in the "War Heroes" exhibit recognized for?

4. How many of the total number of Swiftess contacted declined to sign the open letter to Kerry?

5. How many signatures were on the open letter to Kerry from the Swiftees?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Bill Lupetti and what did he observe on his return trip to Vietnam?

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

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

5. What was the difference between Joe Ponder's account of his injury and Kerry's account of the same incident, and how does O'Neill refer to Ponder's part in the reunion?

6. How many people did not sign the Swift Boat Veterans' open letter to Kerry, how important is it, and what are some of the possible reasons they did not participate?

7. How much skepticism should be used when reading Unfit for Command, and how does the Introduction reduce or even eliminate it?

8. 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?

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

10. Why do the authors make it a point to mention that their purpose for writing the book is not political?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What was the exchange between Kerry and Ted Peck, and why did the authors think it was necessary to include it at the end of Part 1? How does Peck represent the general sentiment expressed by the soldiers at the time? How does Kerry represent the anti-war protesters? Why is the distinction between the two relevant to the main message in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Kerry's testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is the catalyst for much of the book's objection to his ability to be the Commander in Chief.

1) Detail the statements made by Kerry, how they were perceived at the time, and why O'Neill and the other veterans objected to them so fiercely. Which ones were the most offensive or damaging? Why?

2) Who was the Committee made up of, and why was that important in their purpose and receptiveness to Kerry's testimony?

3) Who was responsible for writing Kerry's speech and how do Kerry's claims about it demonstrate his dishonesty?

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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