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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. Who of Truman's long time friends was most instrumental in advising him regarding the Palestine problem?
(a) Jim Pendergast
(b) George Marshall
(c) Eddie Jacobson
(d) Charlie Ross

2. How much monthly income did Truman have after leaving the office of president?
(a) $10,000 per month
(b) $50,000
(c) $112.56 per month
(d) $200

3. Where was the American's atom bomb tested?
(a) New Mexico
(b) Bikini Atoll
(c) California
(d) Washington DC

4. What was the name of President Truman's custom built railway car?
(a) Pullman Car #3457113
(b) The George Washington
(c) The Ferdinand Magellan
(d) The Titanic

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. At the end of the war, how many service men and women were coming back to the American work force?

3. What famous landmark did Churchill visit when in Berlin?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Truman choose Stevenson as his successor?

2. 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.

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

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