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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. Which country becomes a focal point of disagreement between USA and the Soviets?
(a) Canada
(b) Japan
(c) Poland
(d) Columbia

2. Harry Truman travels to see Bess in Grandview. How many miles one way is the trip?
(a) Three hundred Miles
(b) Sixteen Miles
(c) One Mile
(d) Fifty Miles

3. What was Truman's attitude towards running for Vice President?
(a) He did not have an opinion
(b) He was afraid of running
(c) He was eager to run
(d) He did not want to

4. What was Independence Missouri's nickname in the 1840s?
(a) Queen City of the Trails
(b) Land of Enchantment
(c) Land of Milk and Honey
(d) Mormon Paradise

5. In the first six months of 1942 military contracts added what amount to the U.S. economy?
(a) $400 billion
(b) $500
(c) $2 billion
(d) $100,000

Short Answer Questions

1. What were the nicknames for the divisions in the Missouri Democratic Party?

2. What does the Truman farm produce?

3. Truman's foreign office is warning him about the after war dangers of which country?

4. What does Harry give as a reason to join the military and go to war?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Stevenson distance himself from Truman during the campaign for President? Was this wise?

2. Was Truman adequately prepared to assume the role of President? If you choose to answer no, detail what attributes or knowledge Truman needed to do a good job. If you choose to answer yes, outline what qualities or experience Truman had to prepare him for the job.

3. Senator Truman's committee to investigate defense spending was timely and changed the way he was viewed by his colleagues and the public. Was that his purpose in proposing this committee? Why do you think he started this effort, and did he accomplish his goals?

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

5. How did Truman react to political pressure regarding his bid for Presidency? Give specific examples.

6. Compare the way reporters on the Truman campaign trail were treated as opposed to the reporters on the Dewey train. How was this indicative of the campaigns themselves?

7. When Truman is on a state trip to Mexico, he visits the grave of the child heroes. Why did this act mean so much to the Mexican people?

8. Read the coverage of the speech Truman gave on March 12, 1947, page 547 in the book. This became known as the Truman Doctrine. Why?

9. Truman was up against several other individuals for the position of Vice President. Why do you think he was the best candidate? Cover personal integrity, ability to gain votes, political record & experience, and life experience.

10. When the Trumans take an automobile trip across the nation, they are shocked at how many people recognize them and want to see them. Why?

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