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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. How did Truman's personal staff feel about him?
(a) They admired and respected him
(b) They disliked him intensely
(c) They feared him
(d) They thought he was boring

2. What industry does Truman attempt to turn over to government control in April of 1952?
(a) Ship Building
(b) Steel mills
(c) Automobile
(d) Computer

3. Where do the Trumans live in Independence?
(a) Truman library
(b) The family home of Bess Truman
(c) Wtih Margaret and her husband
(d) Truman farm

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

5. Who do Truman's supporters and staff encourage him to fire as a result of Fulbright's Senate committee report?
(a) George Patton
(b) General MacArthur
(c) Bill Boyle, Democratic National Chairman
(d) George Marshall

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why did Truman write an angry letter to the newspaper?

3. What longtime cabinet member resigns due to a disagreement with Truman?

4. Who is Truman's first choice for his replacement as President?

5. Why doesn't the military deploy more divisions in North Korea?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. When the Trumans take an automobile trip across the nation, they are shocked at how many people recognize them and want to see them. Why?

4. The title of this chapter is "The Buck Stops Here." Where does this expression come from and how does it apply to Harry Truman?

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

6. Compare the way reporters on the Truman campaign trail were treated as opposed to the reporters on the Dewey train. How was this indicative of the campaigns themselves?

7. Stalin is described as a personable, likable man; yet he ordered the murder of millions of people in his own country. Was there any indication in the activities of the Potsdam Conference that reveal this side of his character? Give examples.

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

9. 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?

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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