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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) Henry Wallace
(b) Robert E. Lee
(c) Harold Ickes
(d) Andrew Jackson

2. What was the Turnip Congress? .
(a) A session of congress where only bills concerning turnips were discussed
(b) The special congressional session called by Truman during the time of Missouri's Turnip Day
(c) A session of congress where dissidents threw turnips at the congressmen
(d) A special committee that turned up important information

3. Why doesn't the military deploy more divisions in North Korea?
(a) Truman does not think it is necessary
(b) The Allies won't allow it
(c) MacArthur refuses to allow it
(d) Without depleting the European military presence, there are no more divisions.

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

5. What career is Margaret Truman pursuing?
(a) Computer Science
(b) Lab Technician
(c) Acting
(d) Singing

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Barkley's "prop-stop" campaign?

2. How much did the White House renovation cost?

3. When the U.S. and South Korean Army pushes the North Korean/Chinese back to the 38th parallel, what decision is made about the next step?

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

5. Who in the government has the final say regarding military matters?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

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. 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?

6. 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?

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

8. Why did Truman choose Stevenson as his successor?

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

10. 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.

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