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Russell Freedman
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What holiday did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt marry on?
(a) St. Patrick's Day.
(b) St. Valentine's Day.
(c) Christmas.
(d) Easter.

2. What was Franklin Roosevelt's response to Eleanor Roosevelt's feelings about her household?
(a) He told her to speak up.
(b) He told her to keep busy.
(c) He told her to just bear it.
(d) He told her that it wouldn't be long before things improved.

3. What did Eleanor give up at Sara's insistence?
(a) Her teaching job in the slums.
(b) Charity work.
(c) Smoking.
(d) Going to the opera.

4. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt felt about politics?
(a) It was the thing that stopped progress from happening.
(b) It should clear the way for social change.
(c) It was a man's profession.
(d) It was the most American profession.

5. What title was Eleanor Roosevelt unofficially given, according to Freedman?
(a) Lady Ambassador.
(b) First Lady of the World.
(c) Secretary of Interior.
(d) Lady President.

6. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt felt as a result of her mother's attention to looks?
(a) Inferiority.
(b) Placid confidence.
(c) Queenly decorum.
(d) Self-loathing.

7. When was Eleanor Roosevelt's first child born?
(a) Fall 1906.
(b) Spring 1905.
(c) Spring 1906.
(d) Winter 1905.

8. What made Eleanor Roosevelt feel out of place in the company of her mother, grandmother, and aunts?
(a) She did not know Greek.
(b) She had been educated abroad.
(c) She was not married yet.
(d) She was not a beauty.

9. How does Freedman characterize Eleanor Roosevelt's presence?
(a) There was an aura about her.
(b) She was quiet and sometimes faded into the background.
(c) She carried a cloud over her.
(d) She was always in motion.

10. Who was Eleanor Roosevelt secretly engaged to at nineteen?
(a) A Harvard boy.
(b) A working boy.
(c) A cousin.
(d) A boy from the Junior League.

11. What difficulties does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt was First Lady through?
(a) The Great War.
(b) The Depression.
(c) The Civil War.
(d) Reconstruction.

12. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt's voice changed during her tenure as First Lady?
(a) She began to speak less and less as her husband's presidency went on.
(b) She spoke out in defense of corporations and free enterprise.
(c) She spoke more strongly for justice and peace.
(d) She spoke out for American participation in World War II.

13. What modest claim does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt made about her work as First Lady?
(a) She couldn't have done her work without a talented staff of assistants.
(b) She learned everything she knew from Franklin.
(c) She owed everything to her faith in God.
(d) Even an untalented person like her could change the world.

14. Who was Lucy Mercer?
(a) Eleanor Roosevelt's social secretary.
(b) Sarah Roosevelt's friend.
(c) The governess for Eleanor Roosevelt's children.
(d) Franklin Roosevelt's assistant.

15. Where was Franklin Roosevelt on his way to, when Eleanor Roosevelt ran into him?
(a) To return to school.
(b) To vacation in Maine.
(c) To visit his mother.
(d) To visit her grandmother.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was a sign of being a 'fast woman'?

2. What did Anna Roosevelt die of?

3. What words did Eleanor Roosevelt use to describe her looks?

4. Which child of Eleanor Roosevelt's died in infancy?

5. What were Eleanor Roosevelt's best subjects at Allenswood?

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