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President Harry S. Truman Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Harry Truman trivia questions about the 33rd President of the United States.


President Harry S. Truman Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Who was the 33rd President of the United States?
A: Harry S. Truman.

During what period was Truman President of the U.S.?
A:  April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953.

Who were Harry Truman’s Vice Presidents?
A:  None (1945–1949), Alben W. Barkley (1949–1953).

What president preceded Harry Truman?
A: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

President Truman was succeeded by whom?
A: Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Harry S. Truman was the final running mate of what President?
A: President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after what?
A: Months of declining health.


Under Truman, the Allies successfully concluded World War II, and in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with who increased, marking the start of the Cold War?
A: The Soviet Union.

Where was President Truman born?
A: In Missouri.

Where did Truman spend most of his youth?
A: On his family's farm.

In World War I, Truman served in combat in France as a what?
A: Artillery officer in his National Guard unit.

After the war, he briefly owned a what?
A: Haberdashery.

Truman joined the Democratic Party political machine of whom, in Kansas City, Missouri?
A: Tom Pendergast.

Truman was first elected to public office as a what?
A: County official.


In what year did Truman become a U.S. Senator?
A: In 1935.

He gained national prominence as head of the what?
A: Wartime Truman Committee, which exposed waste, fraud, and corruption in wartime contracts.

Germany surrendered a few weeks after Truman assumed the what?
A: Presidency.

The war with Japan was expected to last how much longer?
A: Another year or more.

Truman approved the use of against Japan?
A: Atomic weapons.

Truman’s decision remains what?
A: Controversial.

Truman worked closely with Congress, assisting in the founding of the what?
A: United Nations.


He issued the Truman Doctrine to contain communism, and passed the $13 billion what?
A: Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe.

The Soviet Union became the peacetime enemy, and what began?
A: The Cold War.

Truman oversaw the Berlin Airlift of 1948 and the creation of what in 1949?

When communist North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, what did Truman do?
A: He immediately sent in U.S. troops and gained UN approval for the Korean War.

After initial success, the UN forces were thrown back by what?
A: Chinese intervention and the conflict was stalemated through the final years of Truman's presidency.

On domestic issues, bills endorsed by Truman often faced opposition from a what?
A: Conservative Congress dominated by the South.

Truman’s administration successfully guided the American economy through what?
A: Post-war economic challenges.

Truman thought that civil rights were a moral priority and in 1948 submitted the first comprehensive legislation to do what?
A: To start racial integration in the military and federal agencies.

Corruption in Truman's administration, was a central issue in what?
A: The 1952 presidential campaign.

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