1. What were the
names of FDR's parents?
2. What fault in
his upbringing did FDR's experience at Groton reveal?
3. Which school did
FDR enter in 1900?
4. Which characteristic
led to Roosevelt's success at Harvard and election as editor-in-chief
of the school paper, the Crimson?
5. Biographers speculate
that despite the differences in their upbringing, Franklin and
Eleanor may have shared:
6. How did Sara
Roosevelt react to her son's decision to marry so early in his
7. How many surviving
children did the Roosevelts have?
8. To which state
legislature was Roosevelt elected in 1910 at the age of twenty-
9. Who was the campaign
manager whose successful partnership with FDR would last well into
the White House Years?
10. When FDR lost
his first battle to Tammany Hall in the legislature, which presidential
candidate did he support in order to further his chances of an
appointment in Washington?
11. To what position
was FDR appointed in the Wilson administration?
12. When World War
I broke out in Europe, what course of action did Roosevelt actively
support while in office?
13. Why do historians
surmise that James Cox, with Roosevelt as his vice- presidential
running mate, running on the platform of support for the League
of Nations and administrative reform in Washington, lost so decidedly?
14. What disease
struck Roosevelt unexpectedly as he vacationed with his family at
15. What effect do
many biographers believe that paralysis had on Roosevelt?
16. Which member(s)
of Roosevelt's closest circle kept his name alive in politics while
he recovered from his illness?
17. What political
motive did Al Smith have for asking Roosevelt to run for governor
in New York during his campaign for President in 1928?
18. Why do historians
suspect that Roosevelt began to encourage state spending to offset
the effects of the Depression in New York?
19. What was the
name given to the group of advisers Roosevelt gathered together
to help him secure the Presidential nomination in 1932?
20. Which of the
following is a good description of Herbert Hoover in office during
behavior to Hoover during the lame duck period, the time between
the election and the inauguration of the new President, can be
best described as:
22. What crisis
did President Roosevelt attack first in office?
23. For approximately
how many days did the Emergency Session of Congress convened by
President Roosevelt meet?
24. What was the
primary mechanism the Agricultural Adjustment Act of May 1933 used
to increase farmers' profits?
25. Which of the
following programs, one of Roosevelt's favorites, paid young men
to do conservation work in work camps run by the army?
26. The National
Recovery Administration (NRA) represented the Roosevelt administration's
uneasy initial alliance with
27. The Civil Works
Administration, the organization that enabled many American to
survive the bitter winter of 1933–1934, was under the able leadership
28. Which group of
businessmen and conservatives attacked Roosevelt's policies from
29. Which left-wing
opponent of Roosevelt created the "Share our Wealth" movement,
which called for all large fortunes to be liquidated, and for all
citizens to receive a yearly income of $2,500?
30. What effect
did the Supreme Court decision overturning the NRA have on Roosevelt's
31. Who ran against
Roosevelt in the election of 1936?
32. Which group
of voters, hardest-hit by the Depression and reliant on the New
Deal relief programs, became strong supporters of the Democratic
Party in this election?
33. What plan of
Roosevelt's, introduced in the wake of his landslide victory in
the 1936 presidential election, was roundly denounced by citizens
34. Roosevelt would
often say of the court-packing plan that he had lost the battle
but won the war. What apparent benefit did the court-packing plan
have for Roosevelt?
35. What ill effects
did the court-packing plan have for Roosevelt?
36. What is the
primary cause of the economic downturn of 1937?
37. The New Deal
almost completely ended in 1938 because of Roosevelt's preoccupation
38. Roosevelt was
the first President to actively pursue a friendly relationship
39. Roosevelt actively
sought out an alliance with the Soviet Union because
40. Most Americans
at the beginning of WWII in Europe believed that American intervention
in WWI had been:
41. Roosevelt decided
to run for a third term because
42. Which of Roosevelt's
opponents was a former Democrat who shared many of his views?
43. Which acts
passed by an isolationist Congress did Roosevelt circumvent through
the Lend-Lease Act, which allowed a penniless Britain to borrow
or lease munitions from the United States?
44. Like President
Wilson before him, Roosevelt hesitated to ask Congress for a declaration
of war against Germany, Italy, or Japan because:
45. Why do most
historians reject the idea that Roosevelt conspired or encouraged
the attack at Pearl Harbor, which brought the US into WWII?
46. What part of
the war effort did Roosevelt realize, from his days as Assistant
Secretary of the Navy, was the most important piece in securing
an American victory?
47. Where did most
of the funds for the war effort come from?
48. Why did Churchill
want to postpone a cross-channel invasion of Europe even though
Roosevelt and American military leaders and Stalin desperately desired
49. Where did the
"big three" meet for the last time?
50. What do historians,
in hindsight, view as Roosevelt's primary failure at Yalta?
51. Which woman
was Roosevelt spending time with when he died in Warm Springs on
April 12, 1945?
52. Which characteristic
of Roosevelt's is often ignored by historians who are full of praise
for his defeat of Hitler and his creation of a welfare state?