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. ___________ has been holding the company together during the years of Phil's decline.

2. What does Phil have to cut back on since Kay is ill, helping his mental health tremendously?

3. Reston and Noyes argue that in light of the ____________ letter, it would be senseless for the Post not to be recognized.

4. What does Mother do with Kay in order to take her mind off thinking about Phil's suicide?

5. Wiggins is bothered by the advance knowledge of Diem's _____________ in 1963.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Kay feel that some of her feelings of inferiority have been bred into her generation of women?

6. What does Simmons unload in order to begin to help the Washington Post be as profitable as possible?

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

8. What does Henry Kissinger want to discuss when he sits down for a lunch with Kay?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Kay seems to suffer from tremendous self esteem issues during the story, causing her to often feel as though she were a duck out of water in social gatherings.

Part 1: Why do you think that Kay didn't have much sense of her own self worth?

Part 2: How might Kay's life have been better had she been instilled with more self esteem?

Part 3: Do you think that Kay finally does realize her value in society by the end of the book? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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