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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 happens to the White House during Truman's second term?
(a) It is attacked by the British
(b) It is completely renovated
(c) It burns down
(d) An airplane crashes into it

2. What longtime cabinet member resigns due to a disagreement with Truman?
(a) Harold Ickes
(b) Henry Wallace
(c) Andrew Jackson
(d) Robert E. Lee

3. What was a Dixiecrat?
(a) A politician who endorsed the NAACP
(b) Members of the southern Democratic party who withdrew from the Truman's Democratic Party because of his stand on Civil Rights.
(c) A politician who whistles Dixie
(d) A type of paper cup

4. Who is Truman's first choice for his replacement as President?
(a) Strom Thurmand
(b) Joe McCarthy
(c) Dwight D. Eisenhower
(d) Henry Wallace

5. At the end of the war, how many service men and women were coming back to the American work force?
(a) 12 million
(b) None - they all re-enlisted
(c) 10 million
(d) 1 million

Short Answer Questions

1. When dividing up Germany, what geographical descriptions did the Potsdam Conference use?

2. When the U.S. and South Korean Army pushes the North Korean/Chinese back to the 38th parallel, what decision is made about the next step?

3. Where was the American's atom bomb tested?

4. What geographical designation separated South Korea from North Korea?

5. What was a whistle-stop?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was it so important for MacArthur and Truman to be in agreement on the military policy towards Korea and China?

2. In the issue of a President serving more than two terms, what is your opinion regarding 1) in agreement with the limit or 2) in opposition of the limit. Give at least three points for your argument.

3. Truman had corresponded with Churchill and Stalin, but had never met either of these leaders before Potsdam. Read through Chapter 10 again, noting Truman's observations of the two men. Pretending you are a reporter for an American newspaper, write an article describing the two men from Truman's view.

4. 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.

5. How did Truman react to political pressure regarding his bid for Presidency? Give specific examples.

6. When Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project, comes to see Truman, the President is made uncomfortable about the visit. Why?

7. Did Truman conduct himself as a world leader in Potsdam? Give examples to support your answer.

8. 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?

9. When Truman is on a state trip to Mexico, he visits the grave of the child heroes. Why did this act mean so much to the Mexican people?

10. Roosevelt was unable to move without assistance, but Truman is a fast walker and a man who moves quickly and with determination. The Secret Service had to completely change their tactics to protect the President. How did this affect their procedures and organization? Do you think President Truman, based upon what you have read about him so far, was easy to work with regarding his movements around Washington DC?

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