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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 Phil's father want him to help him with instead of doing anything else?

2. What does Kay write for the first year at her father's newspaper?

3. What is Phil horrified to find out that Kay wants to become after they are married?

4. Kay also decides to join the _________ club formed by soldiers' wives, many of whmo are pregnant and working.

5. What is the nickname the children have for their initial caretaker?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Philip Graham's father not keen about the idea of Kay and Phil getting married?

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

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

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

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

6. What kind of man is John Sweeterman, who is brought in as a Post business manager?

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

8. Why does Kay not agree with Phil's choice to back Bradlee's crusade to desegregate swimming pools in Washington?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Once Phil commits suicide, Kay's life seems to change drastically. Not only is she a widow, but she is also placed into a position of power.

Part 1: Do you think that Phil's suicide may have been one of the best things to happen to Kay? Why or why not?

Part 2: Had Phil continued on, what might have happened to their marriage and to Kay?

Part 3: Why do you think that Kay instantly dove into the role of the leader of the Post?

Essay Topic 3

Kay says this many a time - she was dependent on her husband for everything, though she seems to consciously make this choice to be dependent.

Part 1: Why do you think that Kay was so dependent on her husband?

Part 2: Do you think you will be just as dependent on your future partner? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think that Kay stood by his side, even during his affair with another woman?

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