Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Short Essay - Answer Key

Russell Freedman
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt felt when her husband was running for President?

According to Freedman, Eleanor Roosevelt felt threatened by her husband's political ambitions--she liked her teaching and her political activism, and she didn't want to give it up--but she kept quiet, and followed her husband and performed the part of First Lady.

2. How did Eleanor Roosevelt change the position of First Lady?

According to Freedman, the U.S. had never seen a First Lady like Eleanor Roosevelt, for her independence and her active participation in the office made her a role model and a political force of her own.

3. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt asserted her independence as First Lady?

Freedman says that Eleanor Roosevelt would hold her own press conferences, she would drive her own car, she traveled the world, and she made official trips on her own, separately from her husband.

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