Read the book “the rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris from Chapter 1 (The very small person) to Chapter 14 (The next Mayor of New York). For each question, write 4-7 sentences, 1.What are two of the most significant things you learned? 2.Where do you see similar themes in the present day (i.e. your own life, social media, the news, etc.) 3.How can what you learned influence the way you view and interact with the present day manifestations of the story? 4.Create one question and answer it. (no sentence requirement)
Outside Book Questions
“The rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris is a story of determination and strong will. One of the most significant things I learned is the value of early education. Roosevelt had the opportunity to learn and explore the world as a child in spite of his ill health (Morris 46). I have also learned about the importance of parental values. Theodore’s father was a hardworking and a moral man who inspired his son to avoid vices.
The themes presented in this reading applies to my life. I have as well strived to work hard and overcome many challenges in life just like Theodore Roosevelt. I am encouraged by this story never to undermine myself and ignore those who doubt my abilities. I also believe in working hard to achieve good results because resilience and persistence determine one’s future. The present day we live in is however different in that some parents have failed to instill good values and morals in their children, to enable them to cope with life adversities.
The lessons from this literary work influence the way I interact with present day manifestos of the story in many ways. Firstly, it shapes my views on leadership styles, which I see in the modern world and relate them to Theodore’s characters. I can also evaluate the relevance of the contemporary world’s manifestos as well as the roles they play in teaching good morals to people.
What could have become of Theodores’ life without his father? The world would not have had a remarkable president without Theodore’s parents because the young boy could have easily given up in life.
Morris, Edmund. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. Modern Library, 2010.