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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. Where did the Truman family live when in D.C. until Harry became President?
(a) 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
(b) 4701 Connecticut Avenue
(c) Blair House
(d) Missouri embassy

2. What element of Truman's style changed during the time of the Truman Committee?
(a) He allowed his hair to grow past his shoulders
(b) He began wearing his now famous bow ties instead of a necktie
(c) He began wearing jeans
(d) He stopped wearing his glasses

3. How many days was Truman Vice President?
(a) None
(b) 155
(c) 3
(d) 82

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

5. How did Truman's men move their equipment around France?
(a) Fast sports cars
(b) Elephants and camels
(c) Railway and ships
(d) Horse and wagon

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of automobile does Harry Truman first purchase?

2. How many members did the Truman Committee have?

3. Harry Truman travels to see Bess in Grandview. How many miles one way is the trip?

4. Who were Truman's lifelong heroes?

5. Who was employed to work for Harry Truman, in his office, for a $2500 annual salary?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Reading over the description of Independence, MO, beginning on Page 50, describe Truman's hometown as it relates to 1) economic viability, 2) founders and citizens, and 3) education.

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

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

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

8. 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.

9. Do you think Harry was a good farmer? Explain your answer with examples from Chapter 3. .

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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