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Walter Isaacson
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3-4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Isaacson, who was the President of the United States who thought Russia could be an ally after WWII?
(a) Franklin Roosevelt.
(b) Dwight Eisenhower.
(c) Harry Truman.
(d) Adalai Stevenson.

2. What does Isaacson claim to be the purpose of the club that Bohlen joined?
(a) It was called a "waiting" club where members waited to be asked to join a more prestigious club.
(b) To serve as a place at which underclassmen could play rowdy poker games.
(c) It was a "final club" for members who would join no others after coming into it.
(d) To train underclassmen on their place on campus.

3. What does Isaacson claim the six men profiled in The Wise Men represent?
(a) Ivy League colleges.
(b) The American Establishment.
(c) New Democrats.
(d) Moderate Republicans.

4. Who convinced one of the "Wise Men" to stop doing business with the Russian communists, according to Isaacson?
(a) Charles DeGaul.
(b) Calvin Coolidge.
(c) Franklin Roosevelt.
(d) Winston Churchill.

5. What does Isaacson claim to be the goal of the "Wise Men"?
(a) To limit the spread of Soviet Communism.
(b) To scale government back to the limits of the Constitution.
(c) To expand the authority of the Federal Reserve Bank over the monetary policy.
(d) To rebuild Europe after WWII.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Isaacson claim Averell Harriman and Dean Acheson first met?

2. Which of the "Wise Men's" father does Isaacson claim worked for E.H. Harriman with Union Pacific Rail Road?

3. Which of the "Wise Men" does Isaacson report to be the son of a wealthy railway tycoon?

4. With what country did Bohlen become fascinated during late-night discussions at Harvard?

5. 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?

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