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William E. Leuchtenburg
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to "The Hundred Days' War," how long does it take after Roosevelt's inauguration for the country to shift from apathy to expectation?
(a) 2 weeks.
(b) 9 weeks.
(c) 1 year.
(d) 3 months.

2. Which of the following individuals had Roosevelt appointed as Governor of the Federal Reserve Board in 1934 who began pushing for a major banking bill in February of 1935?
(a) Lauchlin Currie.
(b) Carter Glass.
(c) James P. Warburg.
(d) Marriner Eccles.

3. When describing conditions for homeless and jobless Americans, Leuchtenburg says that the largest "Hooverville" was in which of the following cities?
(a) Portland.
(b) St. Louis.
(c) Chicago.
(d) Brooklyn.

4. As "Waiting for Lefty" opens, in which of the following cities is City Hall attacked by a mob of 6 thousand people?
(a) New York.
(b) Des Moines.
(c) Minneapolis.
(d) Denver.

5. In the summer of 1934 the Industrial Association decides to break a strike using force in which of the following port cities?
(a) New York.
(b) Houston.
(c) New Orleans.
(d) San Francisco.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the election in November of 1932, during which month is Roosevelt inaugurated?

2. In "The Politics of Hard Times," which of the following individuals says that Roosevelt is "a pleasant man who, without any important qualifications for the office, would very much like to be President"?

3. "The Politics of Hard Times" reports that as the party in power, which political party faced almost certain defeat in the 1932 election?

4. The quote from Harold Clurman at the beginning of "Winter of Despair" states that people could smell what in the air during the winter of 1932-33?

5. After the election of 1932, which of the following magazines promotes the idea of giving Roosevelt dictatorial powers to fix the economy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the conflict between "wets" and "drys" during the 1932 campaign and the effect on the Democratic platform.

2. In "The Politics of Hard Times," why was the Republican party sure to lose the 1932 election?

3. Explain the Old Age Revolving Pensions proposal put forth by Doctor Townsend, as discussed in "Waiting for Lefty."

4. What was the "death sentence" in the holding company bill that was supposed to go into effect on January 1, 1940 but which was ultimately defeated?

5. What can be considered ironic about the state of mind of jobless workers in 1934, as discussed in the opening of "One Third of a Nation"?

6. Explain how Roosevelt was finally able to collect enough delegates to make him the Democratic nominee for President in 1932.

7. Why did Secretary Wallace order the destruction of the cotton crop in 1933, and how were farmers compensated for their losses?

8. Explain the financial chaos Roosevelt found himself faced with when he first took office in March, 1933.

9. Explain what the Wagner Act of 1935 was intended to accomplish.

10. Explain what can be considered ironic about the speeches of Roosevelt and Hoover during the 1932 Presidential campaign.

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