Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was America's initial stance toward the war in Europe?
(a) Speak softly and carry a big stick.
(b) Gunboat diplomacy.
(c) Isolationism.
(d) Expansionism.

2. What does Freedman say was the effect of Franklin Roosevelt's paralysis?
(a) He began to drink and became depressed.
(b) He despaired, but was occasionally inspired.
(c) He learned to remain untouched by political attacks.
(d) He became more understanding of people's hardships.

3. What does Freedman say Eleanor felt about public speaking?
(a) She learned to use crowds' emotions.
(b) She did not like it because she was not good at it.
(c) She became apprehensive before speaking, but generally impressed people with her speaking.
(d) She hated it because it made her so nervous.

4. How does Freedman characterize conversations at the White House?
(a) The children would interrupt Franklin or Eleanor Roosevelt if they didn't agree.
(b) Eleanor would throw people out of they disagreed with her.
(c) The President and First Lady would pick their visitors' brains for information and observations.
(d) There was always a respectful silence when the President and First Lady spoke.

5. Where would Franklin Roosevelt go for his health?
(a) Ballston Spa.
(b) Yellowstone.
(c) Warm Springs.
(d) The Maine Coast.

6. How does Freedman describe the difference between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on civil rights?
(a) Franklin doubted it could be done politically.
(b) Eleanor had more passion.
(c) Eleanor wanted change immediately, but Franklin could accept a more gradual pace.
(d) Franklin wanted change to come by legislation, Eleanor favored subtler influence.

7. What did Franklin Roosevelt die of?
(a) Massive hemorrhage.
(b) Pneumonia.
(c) Polio.
(d) Stroke.

8. What did Eleanor attribute to Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read?
(a) Her triumph over shyness.
(b) Her devotion to her husband.
(c) Her political awakening.
(d) Her ability to speak up to her mother-in-law.

9. Who beat Franklin Roosevelt in 1920?
(a) Calvin Coolidge.
(b) Louis Howe.
(c) James Cox.
(d) Woodrow Wilson.

10. What were the social conditions like in America when Franklin Roosevelt took office?
(a) People were enjoying unprecedented prosperity.
(b) Millions were out of work.
(c) There was lawlessness in large areas.
(d) People were getting back to work.

11. When did Franklin Roosevelt ask Congress for a declaration of war?
(a) December 8, 1941.
(b) August, 1945.
(c) September 2, 1939.
(d) May 1, 1940.

12. What responsibility did Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt say the government bore?
(a) To encourage innovation.
(b) To spur innovation.
(c) To regulate business practices.
(d) To defend the weak.

13. When did Franklin Roosevelt take office in the White House?
(a) February 1932.
(b) April 1934.
(c) March 1931.
(d) March 1933.

14. How does Freedman say Eleanor changed in Franklin Roosevelt's second term?
(a) She became a more attentive listener.
(b) She began to seize power for herself.
(c) She rose to the occasion and ran his administration.
(d) She began to get in over her head.

15. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt became for Franklin Roosevelt?
(a) A thorn in his side.
(b) A saint.
(c) Pride and joy.
(d) Eyes and ears.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Marion Dickerman and Eleanor Roosevelt do together after Marion invited Eleanor to teach?

2. To whom did Eleanor Roosevelt NOT make unannounced visits?

3. What was Eleanor's position at the League of Women's Voters?

4. What does Freedman say were Eleanor Roosevelt's feelings about war?

5. How does Freedman say Franklin Roosevelt's relationship with Eleanor changed in his second term?

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