Short Essay Questions Key
1. How did the Moses family become rich?
Bernhard Cohen and his younger brother, Samuel, came to America with enough savings to open a dry-goods store and in 1948 they relocated from Mobile, Alabama, to New York. By the time Bernhard met his wife Rosalie, he had made millions of dollars in real estate.
2. Describe Moses' mother, Bella.
Bella, Moses' mother, is the youngest of Rosalie's three daughters. Bella is a well-educated woman and her family thinks her marriage to Emanuel Moses is beneath her. Bella stays married to Moses and becomes involved in working with settlement houses.
3. Describe Robert Moses's time at Yale.
After a hard few years, Moses' fellow students learn to respect him for his scholarship and academic ability. He wins a spot on the Courant editorial board, joins the swimming team and becomes president of the Kit Cat Club.
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