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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. What does Isaacson suggest started becoming a concern to the six "Wise Men" shortly after WWII began?
(a) "Isolationist directing public policy placed America in peril during the early months of the war."
(b) "America's stormy relationship with her Soviet Allies."
(c) "In public...Roosevelt would henceforth proclaim that the Atlantic Charter...was the foundaton of American foreign policy."
(d) "Stalin could be blunt, but then so could Harriman."

2. What does Isaacson report to be the legacy of Harvard's President Charles Elliot after his 40 year tenure ended in 1909?
(a) "Living well is the best revenge."
(b) "Our undisciplinables are our proudest product."
(c) "Heresy has always been a Harvard institution."
(d) "To allow each man to think and do as he pleases."

3. Isaacson reports which "Wise Man" worked to implement Franklin Roosevelt's Lend Lease program?
(a) George Kennan.
(b) Dean Acheson.
(c) John McCloy.
(d) Henry Stimson.

4. With whom does Isaacson report Harriman shared responsibility that came to him after the meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill?
(a) Lord Beaverbrook, Churchill's Minister of Supply.
(b) Admiral William Standley.
(c) John McCloy.
(d) Robert Lovett.

5. What does Isaacson cite as the difference between Kennan's and Chip Bohlen's approach to preparing for their chosen field?
(a) Bohlen was very social and enjoyed drinking, but Kennan was studied in seclusion and was a tea-totaler.
(b) Kennan had analytic depth, but Bohlen had a more nimble mind.
(c) Kennan approached his preparations with anxiety but Bohlen enjoyed his time studying for the exams.
(d) Kennan was academic, but Bohlen was impulsive.

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

7. Where did Chip Bohlen grow up, according to Isaacson?
(a) Grindstone Island, New York.
(b) Aiken, South Carolina.
(c) New York City.
(d) Paris.

8. What political movement did Bohlen defend to his classmates?
(a) Cobdenite free traders.
(b) Russia's Bolshevik Revolution.
(c) Corporate fascism.
(d) Labor Unionists.

9. 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 aloof and disinterested, in the second meeting he was eager and cooperative.
(d) In the first meeting Stalin was scheming and evasive, in the second meeting he was congenial and open.

10. Which of the "Wise Men's" father does Isaacson claim worked for E.H. Harriman with Union Pacific Rail Road?
(a) Robert Lovett.
(b) Chip Bohlen.
(c) Dean Acheson.
(d) Averell Harriman.

11. What does Isaacson report to be the differences between the negotiating styles of Roosevelt and Truman?
(a) Roosevelt eschewed advice, but Truman ruled by consensus.
(b) Roosevelt was high strung, but Truman was contemplative.
(c) Roosevelt was indifferent, but Truman was sensitive.
(d) Roosevelt could be manipulative and conniving with people and public opinion, but Truman was forthright to the point of bluntness.

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

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

14. With what investment house did Isaacson claim Averell Harriman merged W.A. Harriman & Co.?
(a) Knight Wooley & Company.
(b) Goldman Sachs.
(c) Brown Brothers & Company.
(d) Lehman Brothers.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does Isaacson claim George Kennan served the government in lieu of paying the expenses of attending law school?

3. What was the ratio of students who passed the training for Kennan's chosen field to those who took the course, according to Isaacson?

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

5. Under what circumstances did Robert Lovett claim to Isaacson that he met the Harriman Family?

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