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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. In November of 1930, something happened to Margaret Truman. What was it?
(a) She met her future husband
(b) Someone stole her purse
(c) She had a baby
(d) Someone attempted to kidnap her.

2. What was Roosevelt's continuing admonition to his departments regarding defense production in 1941?
(a) "Take your time"
(b) "Speed, speed, speed."
(c) "Wait until the budget is passed"
(d) "Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy"

3. What were the nicknames for the divisions in the Missouri Democratic Party?
(a) Donkeys and Elephants
(b) Rats and Pigs
(c) Goats and Rabbits
(d) Hares and Turtles

4. Who did Truman choose to accompany him to meet the train bearing Roosevelt's body?
(a) Bess and Margaret Truman
(b) No one. He stood alone.
(c) Jimmy Byrnes and Henry Wallace
(d) Eleanor and Teddy Roosevelt

5. Why does the Truman family move to Kansas City? .
(a) Harry Truman forced them to move for his political ambition
(b) John Truman left the family to join the war
(c) John Truman has lost the family business and property due to bad investments in wheat futures
(d) The Truman family were asked to leave town

Short Answer Questions

1. Which country becomes a focal point of disagreement between USA and the Soviets?

2. Which of Roosevelt's policies did Truman support the most enthusiastically?

3. What was Harry Truman's first paid job?

4. Although Harry writes many letters to Bess, he cannot master one art of good correspondence. What is it?

5. Which of Truman's commanders was the most unreasonable and was disliked the most by Truman?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. The title for this chapter is "The Heat in the Kitchen." The author is referring to the intense pressures Truman experienced as he was also beginning his run for the presidency. List each of these pressures, and then describe how Truman dealt with them. When this report is done, write an essay outlining Truman's approach to dealing with issues, and whether or not you think his methods were appropriate.

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Why did Roosevelt keep so many secrets from his Vice President? List your opinion regarding Roosevelt's 1) possession of power, 2) distrust of anyone other than his chosen circle, and 3) whether or not the president should keep some secrets from the rest of the world.

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

8. Truman's job at the bank in Kansas City taught him about fiscal responsibility. How would this assist a potential president?

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

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

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