Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Russell Freedman
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt felt as a result of her mother's attention to looks?

2. How does Freedman say Eleanor Roosevelt's relationship with her mother-in-law affected her?

3. How did Eleanor Roosevelt change under Mlle. Souvestre's influence?

4. What was a sign of being a 'fast woman'?

5. What was Franklin Roosevelt's response to Eleanor Roosevelt's feelings about her household?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What were the problems in the Roosevelt household?

3. What deaths did Eleanor Roosevelt encounter as a childhood?

4. How did Eleanor Roosevelt meet and begin to spend time with Franklin Roosevelt?

5. Why wasn't Eleanor Roosevelt looking forward to her coming out?

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

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

8. Describe the scene when Franklin Roosevelt proposed to Eleanor.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what role was Eleanor Roosevelt most comfortable and successful--Wife, partner, political speaker, charity worker, editor, mother, grandmother, etc? In what role was she least successful and happy?

Essay Topic 2

It comes out late in the biography that Franklin had seen Lucy Mercer (Lucy Mercer Rutherford) a number of times after Eleanor Roosevelt thought their affair was over. How did Eleanor Roosevelt live without intimacy of her own? Was politics enough for her? What did she do with her desire for personal love?

Essay Topic 3

What was the role of Franklin Roosevelt's paralysis in Eleanor Roosevelt's life? Would she have been the Eleanor Roosevelt we know now if her husband had been able-bodied?

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