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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. How does Freedman characterize the relationship between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt?
(a) They talked a lot.
(b) They were young and confused.
(c) They were formal to the point of being cold.
(d) They were passionate lovers.

2. What made Eleanor Roosevelt's uncle dangerous?
(a) His shotgun.
(b) His gambling.
(c) His fits of rage.
(d) His madness.

3. Who accompanied Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during their visits?
(a) Her grandmother.
(b) Mlle. Souvestre.
(c) A chaperone.
(d) His mother.

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

5. What does Freedman say the Secret Service objected to?
(a) Eleanor Roosevelt's driving alone.
(b) Eleanor Roosevelt's reclusivity.
(c) Eleanor Roosevelt's trips to foreign countries.
(d) Eleanor Roosevelt's outspoken public persona.

6. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt was uncomfortable about in the townhouse where she lived with her husband and children?
(a) Being surrounded by servants.
(b) Her husband's mistresses.
(c) Being so far from home.
(d) Being in charge of so many decisions.

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

8. What does Freedman say Eleanor felt about her prospects as a wife?
(a) She secretly felt that any man would be lucky to have her for a bride.
(b) She was not beautiful, and did not have anything to offer.
(c) She was filled with dread about having to perform a wife's duties.
(d) She was proud to finally become a wife and mother herself.

9. When did Eleanor start to see Franklin regularly?
(a) Right after retuning to the U.S.
(b) The winter of her coming out.
(c) Before she left England.
(d) When she turned twenty.

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

11. What was Eleanor Roosevelt's status in Mlle. Souvestre's eyes?
(a) She was often chastised.
(b) She was a constant troublemaker.
(c) She was not distinguished.
(d) She had the seat of honor at dinner.

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

13. Who did Franklin Roosevelt follow into politics?
(a) His cousin Teddy.
(b) His mother's advice.
(c) A lawyer from his firm.
(d) His father.

14. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt's relationship with her mother-in-law affected her?
(a) She became determined to do good deeds.
(b) She became invigorated.
(c) She became depressed.
(d) She learned to assert herself and her beliefs.

15. How does Freedman characterize the time Eleanor Roosevelt spent at Allenswood?
(a) A time of trials and difficulties.
(b) The worst time of her life.
(c) A time of luxury and being spoiled.
(d) Happiest years of her life.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Eleanor Roosevelt when she returned to the U.S.?

2. What did Elliot Roosevelt's drinking lead to, according to Freedman?

3. How long did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt keep their engagement a secret?

4. How did Eleanor Roosevelt change under Mlle. Souvestre's influence?

5. What did Elliot Roosevelt die of?

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