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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 pivotal event occurred on December 7, 1941?
(a) Germany surrendered
(b) Japan bombed the USA Fleet at Pearl Harbor
(c) Margaret Truman was born
(d) President Roosevelt died

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

3. What epidemics decimated the families in Independence during the years of 1851-1854?
(a) Bubonic Plague and severe colds
(b) West Nile Fever and flu
(c) Cholera, scarlet fever and pneumonia
(d) AIDS and herpes

4. In the eyes of the Truman Committee, what governmental department was the most to blame for bad planning?
(a) Department of Agriculture
(b) Navy Department
(c) Defense Department
(d) Office of Production Management

5. How many men and boys were killed in Quantrille's raid on Lawrence, Kansas?
(a) 150
(b) 10
(c) 300
(d) None

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of Truman's past most concerned the Democratic Party for the campaign?

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

3. Who was the man in charge of the American Expeditionary Forces in France in WWI?

4. In the first six months of 1942 military contracts added what amount to the U.S. economy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why did so many respected senators and congressional representatives oppose America's entry into the War with Germany?

3. Although money was always a problem for Truman, when given the opportunity to make millions at the expense of the government, he chose not to. Why?

4. Compare the way reporters on the Truman campaign trail were treated as opposed to the reporters on the Dewey train. How was this indicative of the campaigns themselves?

5. Choose one of the following issues confronting Truman in this chapter: 1) Soviet acquisition of the atom bomb, 2) North Korea invading South Korea, 3) the Berlin Airlift, or 4) rise of Senator McCarthy. In your essay, outline how Truman and his administration handled the press regarding this issue. In your opinion, was the situation presented to the public in a good way?

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

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

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

9. Why did Stevenson distance himself from Truman during the campaign for President? Was this wise?

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

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