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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Averell Harriman join the most elite club at Yale according to Isaacson?
(a) 1917.
(b) 1911.
(c) 1914.
(d) 1912.

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

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?
(a) It was his mother's way of assuring he would make the right social contacts.
(b) Because the pay was better than taking one of the part-time jobs in the city.
(c) Because he would be better able to continue his advanced studies while working with younger children.
(d) So he could be networking for a good career.

4. How does Isaacson claim Chip Bohlen became an important American diplomat in Russia?
(a) He fully understood the demands of protocol and effectively avoided turmoil with his Russian hosts.
(b) He could talk Russian like a native and had the ability to express blunt opinions with a disarming smile.
(c) He was skillful in winning the trust of Russians who were desirous of escaping Soviet Communism and helped them escape to freedom.
(d) He understood the priniples of communist dialectics and was able to navigate various negotiations with communist officials.

5. Which of the "Wise Men" does Isaacson report to be the son of a wealthy railway tycoon?
(a) Robert Lovett.
(b) Averell Harriman.
(c) Chip Bohlen.
(d) Dean Acheson.

Short Answer Questions

1. What political movement did Bohlen defend to his classmates?

2. What does Isaacson claim to be Bohlen's view of Bolshevism?

3. What does Isaacson claim to be the goal of the "Wise Men"?

4. In what town does Isaacson claim that George Kennan was born?

5. Where did John McCloy attend College according to Isaacson?

(see the answer key)

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