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. Phil has stated before that journalism is the ____________ of history.

2. Phil decides to arbitrarily tone down Newsweek's reporting of the _______________.

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

4. Kay believes it is difficult to appraise what kind of president _________ might have been had he lived longer.

5. After a year of widowhood, Kay's _______ grows more bearable to her, but the paper is still difficult.

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 has Beebe been doing during the years of Phil's decline at the Post?

3. What action does Phil take that Kay is not completely convinced is a good idea?

4. What happens when there are union negotiations taking place at the Post?

5. What happens when Kay gets Newsweek to feature the Third World in its magazine?

6. What does Buffet suggest that Kay do with the undervalued stock?

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

8. What does Pearson keep Kay from doing during the situation with Phil?

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

10. What happens during Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre after his tapes are subpoenaed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What's compelling about Kay is that she is never afraid to ask for help from others - Bradlee, Capote, Buffet, etc.

Part 1: Why do you think Kay is keen to get advice from others about various questions in her life?

Part 2: What does it say about Kay that she is willing to listen to others and to their perspectives?

Part 3: Do you think it's a sign of weakness or of strength to ask for help? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The gender roles taken on by Kay and Phil in their marriage are clear, even if they are not the general rule in today's society.

Part 1: What gender-specific roles did Kay and Phil take on in their marriage?

Part 2: What might have happened had Kay been the one who took the leadership position at the Post instead of Phil?

Part 3: Why do you think that Kay, in all of her women's rights actions later, was satisfied with just being a stay at home mom?

Essay Topic 3

During the pressman's strike, Kay is challenged to make decisions that are not only true to the Post, but also fair for the workers.

Part 1: Do you think Kay made the right decisions during the pressman's strike? Why or why not?

Part 2: Had Kay simply given in to the demands of the pressmen, what might have happened?

Part 3: One of the workers committed suicide as a result of the strike. Does Kay have any fault in this horrible consequence?

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