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Walter Isaacson
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who encouraged the United States to rearm and come out of what Isaacson claims to be a period of isolationism following WWI?
(a) Dean Acheson.
(b) Averell Harriman.
(c) John McCloy.
(d) Henry Stimson.

2. How does Isaacson claim Joseph Stalin's temperament changed between Harriman's first and second meetings?
(a) In the first meeting Stalin was panicked and demanding, but in the second meeting Stalin was calm and reasonable.
(b) In the first meeting Stalin was candid and friendly, but in the second meeting he was confrontational, accusing and paranoid.
(c) In the first meeting Stalin was scheming and evasive, in the second meeting he was congenial and open.
(d) In the first meeting Stalin was aloof and disinterested, in the second meeting he was eager and cooperative.

3. In what town does Isaacson claim that George Kennan was born?
(a) London.
(b) New York.
(c) Milwaukee.
(d) Chicago.

4. For what purpose had Robert Lovett's father been grooming him and Averell Harriman since their graduation from college, according to Isaacson?
(a) To move into foreign service for the government.
(b) To help him run the Union Pacific railway empire.
(c) To become new masters of the emerging high finance sector of the economy.
(d) To help him run his investment banks.

5. What does Isaacson claim to be the reason that Harriman and Dean Acheson supported making post-war loans to the Soviets?
(a) Both realized that the Soviet economy was unproductive and felt that loans could nudge the Soviets to a market economy.
(b) Both considered loans to be a show of good faith that the U.S. was willing to work with the Soviets in spite of ideological differences.
(c) Both considered that the friendship of the Soviets could be bought.
(d) Both saw the loans as a means of gaining bargaining leverage with the Kremlin.

6. What does Isaacson claim to be the most elite club at Yale?
(a) Scroll and Key.
(b) Ivy.
(c) Skull and Bones.
(d) DKE.

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

8. Who was the State Department's Liaison with the White House during the transfer of power from Roosevelt to Truman?
(a) Dean Acheson.
(b) George Kennan.
(c) John McCloy.
(d) Charles Bohlen.

9. What does Isaacson claim to have been America's foreign policy following WWI?
(a) Non-interventionism.
(b) Isolationism.
(c) Interventionism.
(d) Nation building.

10. Which president does Isaacson report Dean Acheson served as Assistant Secretary of State?
(a) Harry Truman.
(b) John F. Kennedy.
(c) Franklin Roosevelt.
(d) Dwight Eisenhower.

11. What event does Isaacson suggest brought calls to come out of its isolationism following WWI?
(a) The rise of Italian Fascism.
(b) The Stalinist purges in Russia.
(c) The spread of Nazism across Europe.
(d) Japanese Imperialism through the Far East.

12. What exclusive club did Chip Bohlen join at Harvard according to Isaacson?
(a) The Porcellian.
(b) Sphinx-Kalumet Club.
(c) Skull and Bones.
(d) The Harvard Lampoon.

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

14. 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) It was a "final club" for members who would join no others after coming into it.
(c) To serve as a place at which underclassmen could play rowdy poker games.
(d) To train underclassmen on their place on campus.

15. What position did the "Wise Man" who implemented the Lend Lease program eventually take in the Roosevelt administration?
(a) Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.
(b) Under Secretary of State.
(c) Assistant Secretary of War.
(d) Secretary of Commerce.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the Supreme Court Justice for whom Dean Acheson clerked?

2. What does Isaacson claim to be Harriman's first crusade in his role with the Roosevelt Administration?

3. What does Isaacson suggest started becoming a concern to the six "Wise Men" shortly after WWII began?

4. Who coined the term "Iron Curtain" in a cable to President Truman?

5. With what investment house did Isaacson claim Averell Harriman merged W.A. Harriman & Co.?

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