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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 most of the sayings, such as "a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches", that were part of Truman's upbringing, originate?
(a) The Bible
(b) The Koran
(c) Ben Franklin's books
(d) Time Magazine

2. In the first six months of 1942 military contracts added what amount to the U.S. economy?
(a) $500
(b) $400 billion
(c) $2 billion
(d) $100,000

3. Harry Truman always carried a favorite poem in his wallet. What was that poem and the author?
(a) "Election Year" by Donald Revell
(b) "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
(c) "Locksley Hall" by Tennyson
(d) "Blessing the Boats" by Lucille Clifton

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

5. What did Roosevelt say were the Four Freedoms?
(a) Freedom of speech, religion, from want, from fear.
(b) Freedom from fear, debt, phobias and medication
(c) Freedom from preachers, tax assessors, visiting relatives and telemarketers
(d) Freedom of religion, marriage, finances and lawful gathering

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Harry Truman leave his job in Kansas City?

2. What major personal events occur for Harry Truman in Chapter 5?

3. What was the original funding for the Truman Committee?

4. What is the name of the new organization of countries formed to keep the peace after the world war ends?

5. What US President did Truman see while he was working in Kansas City?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The Mormons were not welcome in Missouri, although immigrants from all other states were allowed to settle. What were the fundamental differences in the approach the Mormons took to settle, and why was this so difficult for Missouri people?

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

4. 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.

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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. 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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