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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 was an overriding concern for Truman in his early years as a Senator in Washington?
(a) Personal finances
(b) Margaret's behavior in public
(c) Hiring a maid for his house
(d) Getting caught with another woman

2. What does Harry give as a reason to join the military and go to war?
(a) I need a job
(b) I need to get out of twon
(c) Someone has to do it.
(d) It is either this or jail time

3. From what other state did most of the people settling Missouri migrate?
(a) Vermont
(b) New Mexico
(c) Kentucky
(d) Texas

4. What essential materials were in short supply as America prepared for war?
(a) Aluminum, copper, zinc and rubber
(b) lead, coal, limestone and rock
(c) computers, cell phones and i-pods
(d) steel, latex, and plutonium

5. Who resigns from Truman's cabinet before Potsdam?
(a) Secretary of War
(b) His intern
(c) Secretary of Treasury
(d) Vice President

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Truman choose to accompany him to meet the train bearing Roosevelt's body?

2. What was one of the unique things about the Truman Committee?

3. How many days was Truman Vice President?

4. How much weight did Harry Truman lose in the years in France?

5. In the eyes of the Truman Committee, what governmental department was the most to blame for bad planning?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What experience does Truman bring to this Senate investigation? Outline specifically which jobs he held in the past that would contribute to his ability to lead this important committee.

3. Re-read the account of the committee's hearings with Irwin Works, a steel producing plant. What is your opinion of Truman's tactics in determining the truth?

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. 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?

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

7. Why do you think the land around Independence was called Blue River Country?

8. 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?

9. Why do you think Truman was bored with any jobs other than politics?

10. Read Part II of Chapter 5 again regarding Truman & Jacobson. Did the partners exercise good judgment in their selection of product, marketing and customers? Why do you think the store failed?

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