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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 were young and confused.
(b) They were formal to the point of being cold.
(c) They were passionate lovers.
(d) They talked a lot.

2. What was the relation between Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt?
(a) Second cousins.
(b) First cousins.
(c) Fifth cousins.
(d) No relation.

3. When were Eleanor Roosevelt's parents' married?
(a) 1875.
(b) 1864.
(c) 1893.
(d) 1883.

4. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt did to the position of First Lady?
(a) Debased the office.
(b) Took it to new heights.
(c) Turned it into a more diplomatic position.
(d) Won more power for it.

5. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt reacted to the Secret Service's objections?
(a) She was flexible.
(b) She was contrite.
(c) She was adamant.
(d) She was accommodating.

6. How does Freedman characterize Franklin Roosevelt's attitude toward the children?
(a) He hardy noticed them.
(b) He disciplined them strictly.
(c) He played with them and spoiled them.
(d) He took them with him to the legislature.

7. How old was Eleanor Roosevelt when she returned to the U.S.?
(a) 16.
(b) 21.
(c) 24.
(d) 18.

8. How did Eleanor Roosevelt react to her father's death, in Freedman's account?
(a) She created a fantasy world where he was still alive.
(b) She grieved hard for three months then forgot him.
(c) She became depressed and suicidal.
(d) She created a religious mindset in which his spirit was still with her.

9. How long did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt keep their engagement a secret?
(a) Two months.
(b) Six months.
(c) A year.
(d) Two years.

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

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

12. What did Elliot Roosevelt's drinking lead to, according to Freedman?
(a) Depression.
(b) Religion.
(c) Temperance meetings.
(d) Love affairs.

13. What was Eleanor Roosevelt doing before her husband ran for President?
(a) Parenting.
(b) Painting.
(c) Banking.
(d) Activism.

14. What was the Junior League's purpose?
(a) To raise money for political parties.
(b) To help the needy.
(c) To educate workers.
(d) To organize the poor politically.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freedman say was the effect of this nickname?

2. How did Franklin Roosevelt describe Eleanor Roosevelt's eyes when they met?

3. How does Freedman characterize Eleanor Roosevelt's social demeanor at age 18?

4. What gesture of familiarity was forbidden to Franklin Roosevelt?

5. When did Eleanor start to see Franklin regularly?

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