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. To what movement is Kay finally awakening, causing her to take action for the cause?

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

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

4. Kay looks forward to Prescott getting rid of the ______________ approach prevalent at the paper.

5. Kay continues to lean heavily on _______ who helps her with running her company and keeping it financially secure.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens after Stevenson meets up with Kay when she is in London on her way to the Aegean?

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

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

10. What does Kay look forward to when John Prescott comes in to take the place of Ignatius?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Watergate Scandal rocked the Washington Post when the reporters uncovered the truth about what happened.

Part 1: Why do you think that the scandal was such an important event of its time?

Part 2: How would you rate Kay's effectiveness as a leader during this time at the paper?

Part 3: Why do you think that Kay was so stubborn in the choices she made during this time?

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

While there is rampant sexism in the times of the book, Kay's mother seems to carve out her own path, regardless of any boundaries before her.

Part 1: Why do you think that Kay's mother was able to have such an enriching and varied life?

Part 2: Why do you think that Agnes' passion for life and learning couldn't have been incorporated into how she raised her children?

Part 3: What does this say about Kay's mother that she focused more on the outside world than on her family?

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