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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 November of 1930, something happened to Margaret Truman. What was it?

2. What was Roosevelt's continuing admonition to his departments regarding defense production in 1941?

3. What were the nicknames for the divisions in the Missouri Democratic Party?

4. Who did Truman choose to accompany him to meet the train bearing Roosevelt's body?

5. Why does the Truman family move to Kansas City? .

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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.

4. Tom Pendergast's advice to Harry Truman as he left for D.C. was "Work hard, keep your mouth shut, and answer your mail." Was this good advice for the new senator? Why?

5. 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?

6. Why did Roosevelt keep so many secrets from his Vice President? List your opinion regarding Roosevelt's 1) possession of power, 2) distrust of anyone other than his chosen circle, and 3) whether or not the president should keep some secrets from the rest of the world.

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

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

9. Uncle Harrison is mentioned many times in the early chapters of the book as someone Truman admired and enjoyed. Why?

10. Was trench warfare a reasonable strategy of fighting a war? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How did the introduction of atomic weapons change the world in 1) warfare, 2) alliances with other countries, 3) definition of world power, and 4) America's perception of itself?

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

Why did Truman's streak of popularity with the American people begin to fail in this phase of his career, just before his second term of office?

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