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

2. What new civilian agency is set up under Truman's presidency?
(a) Committee to Re-Elect the President
(b) Central Intelligence Agency
(c) Air Force
(d) Federal Bureau of Investigation

3. Which of Truman's family members accompanied him on the campaign trail?
(a) Bess and Margaret
(b) His brother and his brother's wife and sons
(c) His sister and mother
(d) His mother and father

4. What is Adlai Stevenson's position when he runs for President?
(a) Secretary of War
(b) Governor of Illinois
(c) Senator from New Mexico
(d) Private Citizen

5. What famous landmark did Churchill visit when in Berlin?
(a) St Paul's Cathedral
(b) Hitler's Bunker
(c) Arc de Triumph
(d) Berlin HIlton

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Margaret after her father finishes her Presidential terms?

4. Where does the only meeting in history of Truman and MacArthur take place?

5. How much did the White House renovation cost?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

5. 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?

6. 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.

7. 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?

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

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

10. Why did Truman choose Stevenson as his successor?

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