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

2. Where was Allenswood?
(a) Paris.
(b) New York.
(c) Virginia.
(d) London.

3. What does Freedman say Eleanor felt about her prospects as a wife?
(a) She was filled with dread about having to perform a wife's duties.
(b) She was not beautiful, and did not have anything to offer.
(c) She secretly felt that any man would be lucky to have her for a bride.
(d) She was proud to finally become a wife and mother herself.

4. How does Freedman characterize Eleanor Roosevelt's presence?
(a) There was an aura about her.
(b) She carried a cloud over her.
(c) She was always in motion.
(d) She was quiet and sometimes faded into the background.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Eleanor Roosevelt's status in Mlle. Souvestre's eyes?

2. What sadness attended Eleanor Roosevelt's return to the U.S.?

3. What was the Junior League's purpose?

4. How does Freedman describe Eleanor Roosevelt's personality as a child?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Eleanor Roosevelt's family background.

2. Describe the difficulties Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt had scheduling a wedding.

3. Describe the rules that applied to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's courtship.

4. How did Eleanor like being a Senator's wife?

5. Describe Eleanor Roosevelt's first engagement.

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

7. What did Franklin Roosevelt see in Eleanor--what did he tell her when his proposal surprised her?

8. How did Eleanor Roosevelt change the position of First Lady?

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

10. What was Allenswood like?

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