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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. What is NOT an innovation Freedman credits Eleanor Roosevelt with?
(a) Opening the White House doors to reporters.
(b) Driving her own car.
(c) Traveling the world.
(d) Negotiating treaties herself.

2. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt felt as a result of her mother's attention to looks?
(a) Self-loathing.
(b) Placid confidence.
(c) Queenly decorum.
(d) Inferiority.

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

4. 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 to speak up.
(c) He told her to keep busy.
(d) He told her that it wouldn't be long before things improved.

5. How does Freedman characterize the difference between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's personalities?
(a) Franklin allowed himself to go with other people's decisions, but Eleanor had to insist on her own way in things.
(b) Franklin was very social, but Eleanor was more political in her interests.
(c) Franklin was lighthearted, but Eleanor withdrew from problems.
(d) Franklin brooded, but Eleanor kept working at keeping the household running.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt did to the position of First Lady?

2. Where was Franklin Roosevelt on his way to, when Eleanor Roosevelt ran into him?

3. To what does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt devoted her time after her husband died?

4. When was Eleanor Roosevelt born?

5. What does Freedman say Eleanor felt when Franklin proposed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Franklin Roosevelt's first experience in politics.

2. Describe the early years of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage.

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

4. What was the Secret Service's problem with Eleanor Roosevelt?

5. What sadness waited for Eleanor Roosevelt when she returned to the U.S. from London?

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

7. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt felt when her husband was running for President?

8. How does Freedman characterize the difference between Eleanor and Franklin's personalities?

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

10. What was Eleanor Roosevelt's childhood nickname?

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