Personal History Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 realizes that Capote only wants her around at his party in order to re-energize after ______________.

2. Star becomes less important to the world as Americans are no longer reading __________ newspapers.

3. Kay actually told Women's Wear Daily back in 1969 that a ___________ would be better suited to her job than she.

4. That Nixon keeps _________ in 1971 to 1972 becomes known, though Kay cannot remember if she was on it.

5. Kay leaves it to ____________ to decide whether to invest in cable television news, which is not pursued.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kay feel it is her job to keep in touch with U.S. officials in and out of office?

2. What does the Nixon spokesman first say of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters break-in?

3. What does Phil do in order to pay for the purchase of the news magazine for business people?

4. What do none of the guests at the Bohlens' farewell party suspect of JFK, according to Kay?

5. What happens as the result of Kay being conditioned to deal only with important people?

6. What are some of the policies that Kay implements in order to take on the idea of sexism in society?

7. What are the standing orders of Bradlee during the Watergate story that is unfolding?

8. What is the purpose of the cruise that Mother takes Kay on during this part of Kay's memoir?

9. What does Roger Parkinson suggest when the pressmen strike and attack?

10. How might one describe Kay's relationship to Sweeterman during her position at the Post?

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

Kay needed to learn the publishing business quickly after the death of her husband, but her husband did much of his learning as well through experience.

Part 1: Do you think that Kay was the right person for the job of running the Post? Why or why not?

Part 2: Who do you think might also have made a good Post editor after the time of Phil's death?

Part 3: Why do you think that Phil and Kay were both able to get into leadership positions, though they had little training?

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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