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

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

3. How did Eleanor Roosevelt say Mlle. Souvestre affected her?
(a) She taught her to go without things.
(b) She schooled her in religion.
(c) She opened her mind.
(d) She strengthened her resolve.

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

5. Where did Franklin Roosevelt attend law school?
(a) Cornell.
(b) Yale.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Harvard.

6. What was Elliot Roosevelt's reputation, according to Freedman?
(a) A hard-driving businessman.
(b) A keep social observer.
(c) A genial host and drinking companion.
(d) A popular sportsman.

7. Why did Franklin propose to Eleanor, according to Freedman?
(a) He was smitten with her.
(b) He thought she would make a good mother.
(c) He wanted her to manage his affairs.
(d) He wanted her to bring out the best in him.

8. 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 should clear the way for social change.
(d) It was the most American profession.

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

10. How does Freedman describe Eleanor Roosevelt's mother's looks?
(a) She was plain.
(b) She was a beauty.
(c) She was indistinct.
(d) She was a horror.

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

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

13. What did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt do at the Harvard-Yale game?
(a) Eloped.
(b) Slipped away from their chaperone.
(c) Kissed for the first time.
(d) Got drunk together.

14. What sadness attended Eleanor Roosevelt's return to the U.S.?
(a) Her grandmother had died.
(b) The family's fortunes had declined.
(c) Her uncle had become an alcoholic.
(d) Her uncle had died.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Eleanor Roosevelt doing before her husband ran for President?

2. How did Eleanor Roosevelt react to her father's death, in Freedman's account?

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

4. What misfortune struck Eleanor Roosevelt at age ten?

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

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