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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 type of company does Harry Truman fail in after the mine?
(a) Computers
(b) Shoe Sales
(c) Grocery
(d) Oil & Refining

2. When Harry was nine, his family moved to Independence. He met a girl at Sunday School and fell in love that lasted his whole life. Who was this girl?
(a) Mary Jane Truman
(b) Bess Wallace
(c) Margaret Truman
(d) Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

5. Who in Truman's family passes away in November of 1914?
(a) Martha Ellen Truman
(b) Bess Truman
(c) Margaret Truman
(d) John Truman

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who does Truman appoint as his Secretary of State?

4. What essential materials were in short supply as America prepared for war?

5. What did Truman think was a damaging move by Roosevelt?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Compared to the Slaughter family farm, the Trumans were always broke. Why do you think this was so?

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

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

5. 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?

6. Describe Harry's father and mother, using the following criteria: 1) appearance, 2) religious beliefs and upbringing, 3) admirable qualities, 4) values they can teach Truman to make him a good President, leader and man.

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. 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?

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

10. 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?

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