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. Where did Franklin Roosevelt attend law school?

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

3. What does Freedman say the Secret Service objected to?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What were the problems in the Roosevelt household?

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

6. Describe Eleanor Roosevelt's entrance into charity work.

7. What was the effect of Eleanor Roosevelt's mother's beauty?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Describe the health of the liberal legacy Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt left us. How have the ideas they instituted in government fared? Are their ideals dead or alive today?

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