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Walter Isaacson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 6-7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the "Wise Men," according to Isaacson, attended The Hill School in Philadelphia?
(a) George Kennan.
(b) Chip Bohlen.
(c) John McCloy.
(d) Robert Lovett.

2. What did Isaacson claim to be Kennan's strong areas in his training?
(a) Language interpretation and religious studies.
(b) International Law and German.
(c) International Law and economics.
(d) Protocol and foreign cultures.

3. What does Isaacson claim to be Harriman's first crusade in his role with the Roosevelt Administration?
(a) To gain federal funding for expanded rail road construction.
(b) To encourage the government to help increase the nation's rail freight capabilities.
(c) To encourage the Fed to make low interest loans to investment banks.
(d) To make rail transportation the exclusive means of transporting military equipment within the U.S. borders.

4. What Assistant Secretary of War does Isaacson cite as fearing American isolationism after WWII?
(a) John McCloy.
(b) Averell Harriman.
(c) Dean Acheson.
(d) Robert Lovett.

5. Which of the "Wise Men" does Isaacson report to have negotiated trade deals with leaders of the communist government in Russia in 1922?
(a) Robert Lovett.
(b) Chip Bohlen.
(c) Dean Acheson.
(d) Averell Harriman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What exclusive club did Chip Bohlen join at Harvard according to Isaacson?

2. What does Isaacson claim the six men profiled in The Wise Men represent?

3. What is the reason Isaacson suggests that John McCLoy's mother encouraged him to tutor children of her wealthy clients during summers away from school?

4. What quality made Lovett and McCloy influential insiders, according to Isaacson?

5. What does Isaacson claim to have been America's foreign policy following WWI?

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