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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 the name of Roosevelt's beloved dog?
(a) Socks
(b) Rin Tin Tin
(c) Fala
(d) Lassie

2. Where was Harry S Truman born?
(a) Independence, MO
(b) Santa Fe, NM
(c) Washington D.C.
(d) Lamar, MO

3. What was the Armistice?
(a) The name given to the plantation where Truman retired
(b) The name of the transport ship taking Truman home after WWI
(c) The name Truman gave his old car
(d) The treaty signed between the Germans and the Allies agreeing to end the war

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How many members did the Truman Committee have?

3. What pivotal event occurred on December 7, 1941?

4. What are two traits Truman especially disliked about his fellow politicians?

5. Who was President of the USA during World War I?

Short Essay Questions

1. Read Part II of Chapter 5 again regarding Truman & Jacobson. Did the partners exercise good judgment in their selection of product, marketing and customers? Why do you think the store failed?

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. 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? .

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

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

7. 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?

8. Was trench warfare a reasonable strategy of fighting a war? Why or why not?

9. This chapter is entitled "The Senator from Pendergast" and not "The Senator from Missouri." Why?

10. 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?

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