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

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

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

4. How did the three world leaders enter the conference room in Potsdam?
(a) They were all on teleconference and did not use the doors
(b) Through the main door
(c) Through the kitchen door
(d) By three separate doors

5. What condition of the White House was hidden from the Press until after the election?
(a) The portico had fallen on the presidential limo
(b) The second floor was falling into the first floor.
(c) Fine condition, no need of repair
(d) The elevator was no longer working

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which country was able to assemble an atomic bomb after the USA?

3. What career is Margaret Truman pursuing?

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

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

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 Stevenson distance himself from Truman during the campaign for President? Was this wise?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why did Truman choose Stevenson as his successor?

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

8. 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.

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

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

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