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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 Roosevelt want as his Vice President?
(a) Harry Truman
(b) Unknown - Roosevelt changed his mind often during the VP discussions with his staff
(c) Adlai Stevenson
(d) Teddy Roosevelt

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

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

4. Truman's foreign office is warning him about the after war dangers of which country?
(a) Soviet Union
(b) Japan
(c) Mexico
(d) Argentina

5. What part of Truman's past most concerned the Democratic Party for the campaign?
(a) His connection with the Freemasons
(b) The fact Bess Truman's father committed suicide
(c) His past farming duties
(d) His connection with Boss Pendergast

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When did the Democratic party decide to place Truman as Vice President on their ticket?

3. What essential materials were in short supply as America prepared for war?

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

5. Who was the most influential new friend Truman gained during his first term as Senator?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. 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.

4. In the first chapter of the book, Truman's ancestors are the focus, and he does not enter the story until late in this chapter. Why would the author begin in this manner?

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

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

7. How did the atmosphere of defense contractor spending contribute to the Canol Project?

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

9. 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?

10. Some wives of politicians are active in their husband's campaigns and in D.C. social life to assist their reputations. Bess Truman was definitely not this type of political wife. Why do you think this is?

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