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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. What organization with secret rituals did Harry Truman join in 1909?
(a) Freemasonry or the Masons
(b) Ku Klux Klan
(c) Rainbow Girls
(d) Boy Scouts

2. What party did Truman belong to?
(a) Republican
(b) Democratic
(c) Whig
(d) Green Party

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

4. What career did Margaret Truman plan to enter?
(a) Nursing
(b) Publishing agent
(c) Singer
(d) Computer science

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For most of the people in Independence in the 1800's, who was their hero?

2. The Truman Committee saved the U.S. taxpayers a great deal of money. What is the estimated amount mentioned in the book?

3. What interest did Harry and his father share?

4. How long was Truman & Jacobson in business?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Tom Pendergast's advice to Harry Truman as he left for D.C. was "Work hard, keep your mouth shut, and answer your mail." Was this good advice for the new senator? Why?

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. 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?

4. Why did so many respected senators and congressional representatives oppose America's entry into the War with Germany?

5. 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?

6. Re-read the section on U.S. Steel's involvement in manufacturing and supplying the Navy with defective steel. What was their motivation for this deception? How did they rationalize it with the Truman Committee? In their opinion, was the action of the US Steel Company right or wrong?

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

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. Harry Truman left his home and his country to defend another country's border. He mentions that "we owe it to Lafayette" - what does this mean?

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