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 title was Eleanor Roosevelt unofficially given, according to Freedman?

2. What did Elliot Roosevelt's drinking lead to, according to Freedman?

3. What does Freedman say the Secret Service gave Eleanor Roosevelt?

4. Why did Franklin propose to Eleanor, according to Freedman?

5. Where did Elliot Roosevelt go while his wife stayed in New York with the children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Eleanor's relationship with Sarah Roosevelt.

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

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

6. Describe Eleanor Roosevelt's first engagement.

7. What was Mlle. Souvestre's role in Eleanor Roosevelt's life?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Was Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage the ideal marriage for the number of obligations they had, as President and First Lady? Did it help that they weren't passionate or intimate with each other? Did Lucy Mercer do Eleanor Roosevelt a favor, or did she ruin her life?

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

How did Eleanor Roosevelt develop as a public speaker, and how did her personality change as she became more comfortable in front of crowds?

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