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 O'Neill call Kerry's claims of "atrocities"?

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

3. Which one of the following does Hoffman feel is doubtful in Kerry?

4. What bodies of water were the PCFs eventually tasked for?

5. Who was Bill Lupetti?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

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

6. What is the purpose of the open letter the Swift Boat Veterans issue to John Kerry?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

O'Neill gives a first hand account of the Swift Boat Veterans Reunion in 2003.

1) Describe the events of the reunion, Kerry's reception and actions, and how they compared with the other Swift Boat Veterans' reception and actions. Why is that contrast significant?

2) Who is Joe Ponder? Why does O'Neill think he had the most memorable moment of the reunion? How does Ponder's part in the reunion add to the doubt the authors are showing as far as Kerry's credibility is concerned?

Essay Topic 3

How was Kerry thought of by the other officers he served with in general? Describe specific situations and examples that illustrate and support their opinions of Kerry. What is so important about the way quotes are used throughout the book and who they are from? How does that help the authors show the reason for their objective?

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