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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 did Truman choose to accompany him to meet the train bearing Roosevelt's body?
(a) Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt
(b) Bess and Margaret Truman
(c) Jimmy Byrnes and Henry Wallace
(d) No one. He stood alone.

2. Which of Truman's commanders was the most unreasonable and was disliked the most by Truman?
(a) Marshall
(b) Jacobson
(c) Pershing
(d) Klemm

3. In later years, how does Harry describe his childhood?
(a) filled with poverty and need
(b) The happiest imaginable
(c) One misery after another
(d) He could not remember his chidlhood

4. What is the number one recommendation from the S-1 Interim Committee to Truman?
(a) Never use the bomb
(b) Give the bomb to Africa
(c) Use the bomb against Germany
(d) The bomb should be used against Japan as soon as possible

5. What pivotal event occurred on December 7, 1941?
(a) Japan bombed the USA Fleet at Pearl Harbor
(b) Margaret Truman was born
(c) Germany surrendered
(d) President Roosevelt died

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Roosevelt's continuing admonition to his departments regarding defense production in 1941?

2. What element of Truman's style changed during the time of the Truman Committee?

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

4. What is the name of the ship Harry Truman and his battalion are on for the Atlantic crossing?

5. Why does the Truman family move to Kansas City? .

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think Harry was a good farmer? Explain your answer with examples from Chapter 3. .

2. Why was it so important for MacArthur and Truman to be in agreement on the military policy towards Korea and China?

3. Although money was always a problem for Truman, when given the opportunity to make millions at the expense of the government, he chose not to. Why?

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

5. Why do you think the land around Independence was called Blue River Country?

6. Why did the Kansas-Nebraska Act cause so much trouble in Missouri?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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? .

10. Stalin is described as a personable, likable man; yet he ordered the murder of millions of people in his own country. Was there any indication in the activities of the Potsdam Conference that reveal this side of his character? Give examples.

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