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. Who was the Vice President of the United States under Roosevelt in 1943?

2. Who were Truman's lifelong heroes?

3. Who was in charge of the Soviet Union when Truman became President?

4. What interest did Harry and his father share?

5. What pivotal event occurred on December 7, 1941?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think Harry was a good farmer? Explain your answer with examples from Chapter 3. .

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

4. Truman's job at the bank in Kansas City taught him about fiscal responsibility. How would this assist a potential president?

5. Compared to the Slaughter family farm, the Trumans were always broke. Why do you think this was so?

6. Senator Truman's committee to investigate defense spending was timely and changed the way he was viewed by his colleagues and the public. Was that his purpose in proposing this committee? Why do you think he started this effort, and did he accomplish his goals?

7. In the first chapter of the book, Truman's ancestors are the focus, and he does not enter the story until late in this chapter. Why would the author begin in this manner?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How did the traits and stories of Harry Truman's ancestors influence his life? Describe the attributes of two of the following people described in Part 1, Chapter 1: Solomon Young, Harriet Louisa Young, Andy Truman, Nancy Tyler Holmes, Uncle Harrison, Mattie Young.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 5, Harry Truman changes from a military man to a business man, then to a politician. Describe in detail how each of these factors contributed to his discovering that his true calling was politics: 1) his upbringing, 2) his marriage, 3) his work ethics, 4) his environment, 5) the national economy, 6) the politics of his home state, 7) the lessons learned in the military and in the retail business.

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