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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 Eugene know he can count on Agnes to provide for him during their marriage?

2. WWI falls conveniently at the time Eugene's __________ calls for him to take up public service.

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

4. How many pages has the purchased publication shrunk to when Eugene buys it?

5. At what publication does Father get Kay a job to conceal her ties to the Post?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the Grahams do as they must cooperate on labor relations at their papers?

3. What is Philip Graham doing when Kay Meyer first meets him in Washington?

4. Mother takes more of an active role in politics, but what does she feel pride about doing at this point?

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

6. What does Father arrange for Kay when she goes to San Francisco to meet with family?

7. What is the state of the Washington Post when Father decides to buy it to rejuvenate it?

8. Whom do Eugene and Agnes hire during the course of their around-the-world honeymoon?

9. Why can't the Washington Post attract any high quality staff to write for the paper?

10. What do Mother and Phil lock heads over during the years at Glen Welby, where life seems right?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What's interesting about Eugene is that he too starts off the Post without having much training in the business world, though he is able to turn what he does know into a promising publication.

Part 1: Why do you think Eugene ended up being successful in his work with the newspaper?

Part 2: Do you think you could simply start up a newspaper without having any training or business experience? Why or why not?

Part 3: What are the advantages to starting a business that you know nothing of?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Politics seem to play a central role in much of the book and for much of Kay's life, even delaying her wedding ceremony for a short while.

Part 1: Why do you think politics is such an important topic to those in Kay's family?

Part 2: How do you feel about the role of politics in your life? Does it play a large or small role?

Part 3: Do you think that politics should be a greater topic of conversation in this society? Why or why not?

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