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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 country's military is in possession of Potsdam at the time of the conference?
(a) Germany
(b) Soviet Union
(c) Mexico
(d) Canada

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

3. Where does the only meeting in history of Truman and MacArthur take place?
(a) Washington DC
(b) New Mexico
(c) Potsdam
(d) Wake Island

4. Why did Truman write an angry letter to the newspaper?
(a) A reporter had published a comment he thought was off record
(b) A reporter was stalking Margaret
(c) His Sunday paper did not arrive on time
(d) A columnist had given Margaret's concert a bad review

5. What happens to Margaret after her father finishes her Presidential terms?
(a) She is kidnapped
(b) She dies in an automobile accident
(c) She marries and has four sons.
(d) She joins the Peace Corps

Short Answer Questions

1. What weapon is Truman encouraged to authorize to end the Korean Conflict?

2. What happened to the President's normal work when he was on the campaign trail?

3. What is Adlai Stevenson's position when he runs for President?

4. Who do Truman's supporters and staff encourage him to fire as a result of Fulbright's Senate committee report?

5. Who does Truman develop a long correspondence with after his retirement?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the 1960 election, Acheson admonishes Truman to be careful about what he says. How much influence can an ex-president have in future elections?

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. 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.

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

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

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

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