Truman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David McCullough
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first six months of 1942 military contracts added what amount to the U.S. economy?

2. Who was President of the USA during World War I?

3. What was the attitude of the townspeople of Independence towards people of color?

4. What kind of automobile does Harry Truman first purchase?

5. When did the Democratic party decide to place Truman as Vice President on their ticket?

Short Essay Questions

1. Some wives of politicians are active in their husband's campaigns and in D.C. social life to assist their reputations. Bess Truman was definitely not this type of political wife. Why do you think this is?

2. Tom Pedergast was considered a villain by some, and a Robin Hood by others. Why?

3. Bess Wallace is considered "ideal" by Harry, and is well respected by the other children. What qualities does she display that make her ideal, and do you think she would be popular by today's standards?

4. How is Truman's approach to the press so different from Roosevelt's?

5. This chapter is entitled "The Senator from Pendergast" and not "The Senator from Missouri." Why?

6. Truman's reputation as a fair but uncompromising leader is established during his chairmanship of the Truman Committee. Why?

7. At one time, Truman had expressed a desire to attend West Point, but after his experience in war, he decided not to go. Why?

8. Why do you think Truman was bored with any jobs other than politics?

9. In campaigning, Truman is not a skilled orator, but people remember him. Why?

10. Although Harry did not partake in sports or outdoor activities as other boys, no one ever called him a "sissy." Why do you think that was?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Once Truman was introduced to politics back in Independence, Missouri, he knew he had found his career. In your opinion, was Truman a good politician? Address these topics in your essay: 1) political connections, 2) political strategy, 3) political decisions

Essay Topic 2

Harry Truman wanted to wait to marry until he had income and a future, and Bess waited patiently for years. Why do you think these young people did not just get married and live with family until they could move out on their own?

Essay Topic 3

The title of Chapter 17 is Final Days. How did Truman view his term as President, and what accomplishments do you think he was most proud of?

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