Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery Test | Final 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. How does Freedman describe the difference between Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on civil rights?

2. What does Freedman say Franklin Roosevelt needed as the war took a toll on him?

3. Which improvement were women NOT trying to make when Eleanor Roosevelt was working with the Women's Democratic News?

4. What was Eleanor's position at the League of Women's Voters?

5. What did Eleanor attribute to Esther Lape and Elizabeth Read?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Franklin Roosevelt's death.

2. How does Freedman describe the White House as it was occupied by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt?

3. How does Freedman describe Eleanor Roosevelt's trip to Europe to visit the troops?

4. How did her husband's loss in 1920 affect Eleanor Roosevelt's political activities?

5. Describe Eleanor's experience teaching at the Todhunter school.

6. What was the debate over the League of Nations in 1920, and how did it affect Franklin Roosevelt's election prospects?

7. In what way did Franklin's polio contribute to Eleanor's political activism?

8. Where does Freedman say Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt differed politically?

9. How would Eleanor go about trying to influence the President on issues she had feelings about?

10. What was the outcome of the affair with Lucy Mercer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write a character sketch of the author based on his style and content. What values does he hold dear? What are his hopes and fears? What kind of person do you think he is? Anchor your sketch in passages in the book.

Essay Topic 2

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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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