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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. Kay is a part of the press corps who attends _________'s press conference in the Oval Office after Hitler invades Poland.

2. What is the temporary situation of Agnes' that lasts four years instead of the short time expected?

3. What does Eugene know he can count on Agnes to provide for him during their marriage?

4. Kay promises Phil that while she is rich, she is willing to live on _______________.

5. Margaret Ellen Powell is hired by the Meyerses in order to raise the ________ children they will eventually have.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Kay ingratiates herself to several key labor figures during a labor dispute she is covering?

2. What does Father think about Kay's admission to the London School of Economics?

3. What does Agnes consider to be a part of the contract of marriage in terms of duties?

4. Phil receives treatment from Dr. Farber during his time after the breakdown. What kind of psychology does Farber ascribe to?

5. What does Kay think it is wiser for her to do since she is the daughter of a publisher?

6. What frustrates Kay when she is staying in the town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as Phil is sent to Boot Camp?

7. Kay states in her book that Agnes did not fall in love with Eugene instantly. What was she attracted to in him?

8. What does Agnes do four months after the birth of Kay?

9. Where does Kay's education begin as she is growing up as a part of the Meyer family?

10. What does Time declare about the Washington Post in 1941 as its circulation begins to grow?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of sexism runs rampant in this book, with even Kay's father telling her that no man should be working for his wife when Kay's husband is given the position at the Post as opposed to her.

Part 1: Why do you think Kay's father thought that Phil was up to the task for the job?

Part 2: Do you think Kay would have made a better editor than Phil did? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think that men though women were less able to handle the stresses of the newspaper world?

Essay Topic 2

One of the lessons that Eugene Meyer wanted to instill upon his children is the lesson that those with wealth should be willing to give to others.

Part 1: Why do you think that Eugene felt that social responsibility and charity is something that is important to those with wealth?

Part 2: Does the fact that Eugene was willing to use his money for good make him more or less of a person?

Part 3: Do you think that helping others should be a part of the lives of wealthy people? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Though Kay has millions of dollars in a trust for her, she tries to live on her husband's salary instead, as she said she would do.

Part 1: Why do you think Kay felt it was important to live on her husband's salary?

Part 2: Would you have used the trust money to support yourself were you in Kay's position? Why or why not?

Part 3: What impact do you think wealth can have on a person? Is it better to shun wealth or to accept it? Why?

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