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. President Roosevelt made a radio speech to America at the beginning of Germany's attack on England, and the speech was subsequently referred to as what?

2. What US President did Truman see while he was working in Kansas City?

3. What are the names of Harry's brother and sister?

4. Who was the man in charge of the American Expeditionary Forces in France in WWI?

5. Which country becomes a focal point of disagreement between USA and the Soviets?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Mormons were not welcome in Missouri, although immigrants from all other states were allowed to settle. What were the fundamental differences in the approach the Mormons took to settle, and why was this so difficult for Missouri people?

2. What experience does Truman bring to this Senate investigation? Outline specifically which jobs he held in the past that would contribute to his ability to lead this important committee.

3. The author entitled Chapter 8 "Numbered Days." Whose days are being referred to here?

4. Why do you think the land around Independence was called Blue River Country?

5. Reading over the description of Independence, MO, beginning on Page 50, describe Truman's hometown as it relates to 1) economic viability, 2) founders and citizens, and 3) education.

6. 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?

7. Describe Harry's father and mother, using the following criteria: 1) appearance, 2) religious beliefs and upbringing, 3) admirable qualities, 4) values they can teach Truman to make him a good President, leader and man.

8. Why was it important for Truman to spend so much time as a new President with the funeral of Roosevelt?

9. How did the atmosphere of defense contractor spending contribute to the Canol Project?

10. Why did the Kansas-Nebraska Act cause so much trouble in Missouri?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How do you think it would have changed the Korean conflict and the world if MacArthur's recommendations to use atomic weapons on China had been followed?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare the presidency of Truman with that of Roosevelt, Lincoln and Jackson, with regard to challenges during term, character, decision making abilities, and family values.

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