Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

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Desk Detective Worksheet

Name ___________________________________

Carefully study the Desk Inventory sheets.

  1. Are there any words for which you don't know the meanings? Write them here and look them up in the dictionary.

  2. List the five (5) items you think are the most essential to the President's daily work.

  3. Would any of these items probably not appear on the President's desk in the 1990's? Explain your answer.

  4. Which item do you think cost the most in 1950? Explain your answer.

  5. What do these items tell you about the President's character or personality? Be prepared to explain or justify your observations with examples.