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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 does Truman appoint as his Secretary of State?
(a) Jimmy Byrnes
(b) Henry Wallace
(c) Teddy Roosevelt
(d) Robert E. Lee

2. 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) Mary Jane Truman
(b) Bess Wallace
(c) Margaret Truman
(d) Eleanor Roosevelt

3. In the eyes of the Truman Committee, what governmental department was the most to blame for bad planning?
(a) Navy Department
(b) Defense Department
(c) Department of Agriculture
(d) Office of Production Management

4. Who were Truman's lifelong heroes?
(a) George Washington and Thomas Jefferson
(b) George Bush and Bill Clinton
(c) Andrew Jackson and Robert E. Lee
(d) Abraham Lincoln and Malcom X

5. What afflictions did Harry have in childhood?
(a) Allergies
(b) Nearsightedness and diphtheria
(c) Diarrhea and farsightedness
(d) Speech impediment and runny nose

Short Answer Questions

1. On what charge was Tom Pendergast arrested, convicted and jailed?

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

3. What did Truman do when he was suspicious about the defense industry overspending?

4. Why is Truman referred to as the "Senator from Pendergast" instead of the "Senator from Missouri"?

5. President Roosevelt made a radio speech to America at the beginning of Germany's attack on England, and the speech was subsequently referred to as what?

Short Essay Questions

1. The title of this chapter is "Patriot". Why do you think the author chose this title?

2. At one time, Truman had expressed a desire to attend West Point, but after his experience in war, he decided not to go. Why?

3. 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.

4. 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?

5. Why do you think Truman was bored with any jobs other than politics?

6. 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?

7. 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? .

8. Tom Pedergast was considered a villain by some, and a Robin Hood by others. Why?

9. 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?

10. How is Truman's approach to the press so different from Roosevelt's?

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