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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 was an overriding concern for Truman in his early years as a Senator in Washington?
(a) Getting caught with another woman
(b) Personal finances
(c) Hiring a maid for his house
(d) Margaret's behavior in public

2. How was Truman's personal life used against him in the 1940 election?
(a) His family farm was sold at auction while he was at the Democratic Convention.
(b) His womanizing became known by the public
(c) His wife divorced him and took the child
(d) His gambling addiction was exposed

3. Who was employed to work for Harry Truman, in his office, for a $2500 annual salary?
(a) Bess Truman
(b) Eleanor Roosevelt
(c) His mother
(d) John Truman

4. What interest did Harry and his father share?
(a) Fishing and hunting
(b) Watching tv
(c) Woodworking
(d) Politics

5. In 1841, what was considered the extreme frontier of the USA?
(a) Western Missouri
(b) Western Pennsylvania
(c) Vermont
(d) Southern Georgia

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What did Truman refer to as "Potomac Fever?" .

3. How were Truman's ancestors related to the bushwhackers?

4. Who in Truman's family passes away in November of 1914?

5. Truman's foreign office is warning him about the after war dangers of which country?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Truman was up against several other individuals for the position of Vice President. Why do you think he was the best candidate? Cover personal integrity, ability to gain votes, political record & experience, and life experience.

3. Uncle Harrison is mentioned many times in the early chapters of the book as someone Truman admired and enjoyed. Why?

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. 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?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. In campaigning, Truman is not a skilled orator, but people remember him. Why?

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