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Russell Freedman
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In what way does Freedman say Franklin Roosevelt shocked his wife?
(a) By supporting women's rights.
(b) By sponsoring women's rights.
(c) By undermining women's rights.
(d) By opposing women's rights.

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

3. 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.

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

5. What was Sara Roosevelt's response to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's engagement?
(a) She urged patience.
(b) She objected.
(c) She made everyone uncomfortable with her doubts.
(d) She was delighted for them.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of gathering was Eleanor Roosevelt a frequent attendant at after her return to the U.S.?

2. How did Sara Roosevelt's feelings change by the time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were married?

3. What modest claim does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt made about her work as First Lady?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Franklin Roosevelt's mother react to news of the engagement?

2. In what way did Franklin's polio contribute to Eleanor's political activism?

3. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt reacted to her father's death?

4. How did the role of First Lady change Eleanor Roosevelt?

5. How does Freedman describe the role Eleanor stepped into in the family after her husband was paralyzed?

6. What does Freedman tell us, in the opening chapter, about Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood?

7. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt asserted her independence as First Lady?

8. Describe Eleanor's relationship with Sarah Roosevelt.

9. Describe the crisis surrounding Lucy Mercer.

10. What was the debate over the League of Nations in 1920, and how did it affect Franklin Roosevelt's election prospects?

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