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 is sufficiently free from worry to indulge in her interest in _____________, pushing her to travel around the world.

2. Kay is advised to fight for the Post and to prepare ___________ to inherit the paper by clerking during the summer.

3. Kay is certain that the Post and Newsweek will go harder on ____________ because of her friendship.

4. What disease does Kay hide from Phil during a crucial time when she feels she should not upset him?

5. Kay hesitates, but eventually accepts an invitation to cruise the Greek islands with ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Grahams fly to Los Angeles in early 1962 at the start of this chapter?

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

3. What is the line that Phil uses in his speeches that is still quoted to this day?

4. What is the world's reaction to Watergate during this time, as it's only just begun to unfold?

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

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

7. What happens during the pressmens' Pearl Harbor as Kay finds out early in the morning on October 1, 1975?

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

9. How does the Post already regard Richard Nixon as told from the point of view of Kay?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In writing a memoir, Kay is faced with the events of her life and realizes she could have handled things much differently than she did.

Part 1: Why do you think that Kay decided to write the memoir in the first place?

Part 2: Do you think that anyone ever lives a life without any regrets? Why or why not?

Part 3: What regrets do you have and how have you managed to deal with the feeling of regret?

Essay Topic 2

When Phil finally has his breakdown, though it's not something that would be entirely shocking to those who knew him, the breakdown is covered up as much as possible.

Part 1: Why do you think Phil's family thought it would be a good idea to hide Phil's condition from the public?

Part 2: Do you think the society of the time was comfortable with the idea of mental illness? Why or why not?

Part 3: How might the perception of the Post and of Phil have changed if his illness were public knowledge?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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