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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was President of the USA during World War I?
(a) Franklin Roosevelt
(b) Harry S Truman
(c) Woodrow Wilson
(d) John F. Kennedy

2. What questionable organization was Truman encouraged to join by his party?
(a) Republicans
(b) Local country club
(c) Ku Klux Klan
(d) NAACP

3. What was the yearly salary for Truman's job as presiding judge?
(a) $100,000
(b) $6000
(c) $10,000
(d) $50,000

4. What epidemics decimated the families in Independence during the years of 1851-1854?
(a) Bubonic Plague and severe colds
(b) Cholera, scarlet fever and pneumonia
(c) AIDS and herpes
(d) West Nile Fever and flu

5. What type of mine does Harry Truman invest in during 1915 and 1916?
(a) Silver
(b) Gold
(c) Zinc
(d) Copper

Short Answer Questions

1. Where did the Truman family live when in D.C. until Harry became President?

2. Where did most of the sayings, such as "a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches", that were part of Truman's upbringing, originate?

3. How did Truman's men move their equipment around France?

4. In November of 1930, something happened to Margaret Truman. What was it?

5. Although Harry writes many letters to Bess, he cannot master one art of good correspondence. What is it?

Short Essay Questions

1. Some wives of politicians are active in their husband's campaigns and in D.C. social life to assist their reputations. Bess Truman was definitely not this type of political wife. Why do you think this is?

2. How did the atmosphere of defense contractor spending contribute to the Canol Project?

3. The primary candidate, Roosevelt, did not appear at the Democratic convention in 1944, and his preference for Vice President was not clear. How did this affect those in charge of the Party at the convention?

4. Truman's reputation as a fair but uncompromising leader is established during his chairmanship of the Truman Committee. Why?

5. What experience does Truman bring to this Senate investigation? Outline specifically which jobs he held in the past that would contribute to his ability to lead this important committee.

6. Re-read the account of the committee's hearings with Irwin Works, a steel producing plant. What is your opinion of Truman's tactics in determining the truth?

7. Bess Wallace is considered "ideal" by Harry, and is well respected by the other children. What qualities does she display that make her ideal, and do you think she would be popular by today's standards?

8. Truman is placed in charge of one of the most unruly battery divisions in the Army, yet he forms them into one of the most efficient and admired in his Battalion. How did he do this? .

9. The Mormons were not welcome in Missouri, although immigrants from all other states were allowed to settle. What were the fundamental differences in the approach the Mormons took to settle, and why was this so difficult for Missouri people?

10. When Truman receives a summons to the White House on April 12, 1945, why did he run instead of walk? How is this sequence of events so different from what it would be in today's world?

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