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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Eleanor Roosevelt say can become a danger if one becomes too absorbed in it?

2. What does Eleanor Roosevelt say is necessary to accept if one is to obtain self-knowledge?

3. What does Eleanor Roosevelt think that trying to change someone does?

4. What does Eleanor do in order to attend the play in which she is forbidden to see?

5. What are the three environments in which people obtain their education?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Eleanor Roosevelt say is necessary to accept in oneself and in others in order to grow into a mature individual?

2. What does Eleanor Roosevelt feel there is a danger of when trying to change another person?

3. What is the second tip and example that Eleanor Roosevelt gives about using time wisely?

4. According to Eleanor Roosevelt, how is one's philosophy best expressed?

5. What is Eleanor Roosevelt's first tip on how to use time wisely and what is the example that she uses to illustrate her point?

6. What is the moral behind the chapter on fear?

7. According to Eleanor Roosevelt, why do women have an advantage over men?

8. Why is the question "why"? so important?

9. How does Eleanor Roosevelt view retirement?

10. What does Eleanor Roosevelt feel is the most influential factor in her life that has lead to her success?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eleanor Roosevelt says that many fear the instability of the world and points out the irrationality of this fear by comparing the modern world to the courage of the pilgrims and their relocation to the New World. She says that courage is much more exhilarating and easier than fear in the long run. Compare and contrast the definition and motivations behind courage and fear. In your description, include 3 major historical events where a man, woman, or group of people engage in a courageous act, overcoming fear, and eventually leading themselves to a broader, fuller life.

Essay Topic 2

Eleanor Roosevelt often discusses how to raise children in her book. She gives advice on decision making, independence, education, and happiness. Write an essay evaluating the advice that Eleanor Roosevelt gives regarding children and how they should be raised. Contrast this with at least one educational leader, such as Maria Montessori, Booker T. Washington, or the public school system's philosophy of childrearing. Be sure to discuss 3 main topics within the body of the essay. These topics can include reading skills, standardized testing, art in education, development of self-confidence, career planning, etc.

Essay Topic 3

Eleanor Roosevelt discusses retirement in the United States. She says that retirement is a waste of resources and that mankind should use their experienced people rather than force them to retire. Many government and private institutions make their living based on the retirement archetype that defines modern day living. Compare and contrast the present day retirement system with one that would allow for more use from retirees. What changes need to be made on an economic and social level. How would the world go about making them? Finally, do you agree or disagree that the system should be changed or is youth the ultimate source of economic and social worth?

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