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. What does Hoffman make clear about his position?

2. How was John Edwards involved with Kerry in his presidential campaign?

3. What office did Kerry hold when he ran for the presidency?

4. How does Kerry portray himself in his book's account of Ponder's injury?

5. What division of the Armed Services was Roy F. Hoffman in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How many signatures are on the open letter to Kerry by the Swift Boat veterans, and why is that important for the book's main point?

5. 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?

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

7. What inspired O'Neill and the other Swiftees to contact Kerry with regards to his actions in Vietnam and after the war was over?

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

9. What is the reaction of Kerry at the Swift Boats Veterans Reunion in 2003 and why is it significant?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After reading Unfit for Command, did the authors achieve their objective? Why or why not? Describe 3 examples of the strongest and most convincing parts of their presentation. Is this a book that every voter should have read before the 2004 election? Overall, did O'Neill and Corsi prove beyond a reasonable doubt that their positions were accurate and worth bringing to the attention of the American people? How?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the exhibit that Bill Lupetti witnessed when he visited Vietnam. What are the most surprising things about the exhibit? How does it relate to the authors' description of Kerry and his overall qualifications to be the Commander in Chief?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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