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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 is the name of the ship Harry Truman and his battalion are on for the Atlantic crossing?
(a) The Titanic
(b) The George Washington
(c) The Lusitania
(d) The Mary Deare

2. Which of Roosevelt's policies did Truman support the most enthusiastically?
(a) The X-Files
(b) The Pentagon Papers
(c) The New Deal
(d) The Old Deal

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

4. What was the Canol Project?
(a) A plan for a large dam on the Canol River
(b) The atom bomb
(c) A plan to end hunger in America using cooking oil
(d) A scheme to build a four inch pipeline from Canada to Alaska

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which country becomes a focal point of disagreement between USA and the Soviets?

2. What was a dollar-a-year man?

3. In the first six months of 1942 military contracts added what amount to the U.S. economy?

4. How did Bess Truman feel about Harry running for Vice President?

5. What are the names of Harry's brother and sister?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The author entitled Chapter 8 "Numbered Days." Whose days are being referred to here?

3. 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?

4. Why was it important for Truman to spend so much time as a new President with the funeral of Roosevelt?

5. Describe Harry's father and mother, using the following criteria: 1) appearance, 2) religious beliefs and upbringing, 3) admirable qualities, 4) values they can teach Truman to make him a good President, leader and man.

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

9. Although Harry did not partake in sports or outdoor activities as other boys, no one ever called him a "sissy." Why do you think that was?

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

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