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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. Who of Truman's long time friends was most instrumental in advising him regarding the Palestine problem?
(a) Jim Pendergast
(b) Eddie Jacobson
(c) George Marshall
(d) Charlie Ross

2. Which country chose not to participate in the Marshall Plan and thereby caused several more countries in that bloc to pull out?
(a) China
(b) Soviet Union
(c) Germany
(d) Japan

3. Who was Truman's Vice President before Barkley?
(a) No one
(b) Henry Wallace
(c) Jim Pendergast
(d) Jimmy Byrnes

4. How many people did the bomb actually kill in Hiroshima?
(a) Two million
(b) None
(c) 2000
(d) 200,000

5. What career is Margaret Truman pursuing?
(a) Acting
(b) Singing
(c) Lab Technician
(d) Computer Science

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the leader of the Dixiecrats?

2. During Churchill's speech in Missouri, as a guest of Truman, what term does Churchill use to describe the Soviet Union presence that became a common term?

3. How old was Truman when his second term as president began?

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

5. At the end of the war, how many service men and women were coming back to the American work force?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Why did Truman choose Stevenson as his successor?

3. Describe General MacArthur, covering the following points: 1) appearance, 2) method of speaking, 3) personality as described in the book.

4. Truman's own party did not actively support him in his bid for the election, even through fundraising. Why?

5. Read the coverage of the speech Truman gave on March 12, 1947, page 547 in the book. This became known as the Truman Doctrine. Why?

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

7. 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.

8. 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?

9. 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.

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

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