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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was a dollar-a-year man?
(a) A man who stole one dollar per day from the government
(b) A man whose only worth was one dollar
(c) A businessman who kept his original salary from his company and worked for the government for a token small salary, all for the war effort.
(d) A man whose only income was one dollar

2. What is cost-plus construction?
(a) Avoiding taxes on construction workers
(b) Contractor is paid for all costs plus a fixed percentage profit
(c) The method of paying contractors for work done
(d) Construction that costs more than originally estimated.

3. What was an overriding concern for Truman in his early years as a Senator in Washington?
(a) Getting caught with another woman
(b) Personal finances
(c) Margaret's behavior in public
(d) Hiring a maid for his house

4. What was the name of Roosevelt's beloved dog?
(a) Lassie
(b) Rin Tin Tin
(c) Fala
(d) Socks

5. What does Harry give as a reason to join the military and go to war?
(a) Someone has to do it.
(b) I need to get out of twon
(c) I need a job
(d) It is either this or jail time

6. What US President did Truman see while he was working in Kansas City?
(a) Bill Clinton
(b) Herbert Hoover
(c) Theodore Roosevelt
(d) Abraham Lilncoln

7. When Harry was nine, his family moved to Independence. He met a girl at Sunday School and fell in love that lasted his whole life. Who was this girl?
(a) Eleanor Roosevelt
(b) Bess Wallace
(c) Margaret Truman
(d) Mary Jane Truman

8. What are two traits Truman especially disliked about his fellow politicians?
(a) Dishonesty and smoking
(b) Loud talking and smoking
(c) Womanizing and corruption
(d) Drinking and playing cards

9. How much weight did Harry Truman lose in the years in France?
(a) 2 lbs
(b) 50 lbs
(c) None
(d) 20 lbs

10. In November of 1930, something happened to Margaret Truman. What was it?
(a) Someone attempted to kidnap her.
(b) She had a baby
(c) She met her future husband
(d) Someone stole her purse

11. The Truman Committee saved the U.S. taxpayers a great deal of money. What is the estimated amount mentioned in the book?
(a) $15 billion
(b) $1 million
(c) $10,000
(d) $3 million

12. What sort of equality did Truman support for Negroes?
(a) He did not support any equality for Negroes
(b) Financial only, not social
(c) Complete equality
(d) Legal equality, but not social equality.

13. How many men and boys were killed in Quantrille's raid on Lawrence, Kansas?
(a) None
(b) 10
(c) 300
(d) 150

14. What was the most common method of travel for settlers in the 1800s to take to Independence?
(a) Canoe
(b) Steamboat
(c) Interstate Highway
(d) Railway

15. From what other state did most of the people settling Missouri migrate?
(a) New Mexico
(b) Kentucky
(c) Vermont
(d) Texas

Short Answer Questions

1. When Germany advances on Moscow, what does President Roosevelt offer Stalin?

2. What does the Truman farm produce?

3. Harry Truman always carried a favorite poem in his wallet. What was that poem and the author?

4. When did the Democratic party decide to place Truman as Vice President on their ticket?

5. What was Harry Truman's first paid job?

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