You Learn by Living Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is overcoming one's fears considered, if looked at it positively?

2. What else do people need in conjunction with a book education?

3. What example does Eleanor Roosevelt use as a way to describe how to accept others?

4. What is the name of the people who throw the dinner party in which Eleanor makes an unsuccessful attempt at playing her newly learned conversational game?

5. What is retirement, according to Eleanor Roosevelt?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Eleanor Roosevelt say about death, especially after the loss of her husband?

4. What is the story about how Eleanor Roosevelt became interested in politics about on a moral level?

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

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

7. What does Eleanor Roosevelt believe about criticism?

8. What does Eleanor Roosevelt warn against when one begins to have children and start a family and why does she suggest this?

9. Describe what the book provides for the individual reader?

10. According to Eleanor Roosevelt, why do most people fear self-knolwedge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Eleanor Roosevelt believes that people must be interested in anything that comes their way and that it is absolutely necessary to keep a flexibility of mind since knowledge so often changes. Discuss our current administration, and the state of international relations with Iran, Afghanistan, and China. How and why is flexibility of mind crucial in these times of social and economic change? Why is this kind of flexibility different from assuming knowledge? Provide 3 examples of current events where it is necessary to keep a flexible mind in your analysis.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of Eleanor Roosevelt's book " You Learn By Living". What is the main message that she hopes to get across to her readers? Choose at least 3 pivotal passages that support the theme and then carefully analyze those passages.

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