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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 two projects occupied Truman for the remainder of his life?
(a) Buidling a fence around the farm and his wardrobe
(b) His Presidential Library and his memoirs
(c) Presidential Library and forming the NAACP
(d) Climbing mountains and visiting friends

2. How old was Truman when his second term as president began?
(a) 73
(b) 29
(c) 50
(d) 64

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

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

5. What was the origination of the term "pinko?"
(a) Pinko referred to men who wore women's clothes
(b) When a difference was pointed out between a red Communist and a lesser dedicated Communist, a pink one.
(c) It is a shortened version ofthe term pinkolator which was a brand of coffee maker
(d) Pinko was an affectionate name Harry gave Bess

Short Answer Questions

1. Of all the labor strikes after the war, which is the one that brings Truman to the strongest action?

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

3. What was the Turnip Congress? .

4. How many people did the bomb actually kill in Hiroshima?

5. How did the leaders entertain each other in the evenings of the conference?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Why did Stevenson distance himself from Truman during the campaign for President? Was this wise?

5. 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.

6. 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?

7. 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.

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

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. 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?

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