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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. How many people tuned in to their radios on March 12, 1933, to hear the first of Roosevelt's famous Fireside Chats?
(a) 100 thousand.
(b) 60 million.
(c) 20 thousand.
(d) 5 million.

2. By the time Roosevelt is inaugurated, how many states have closed their banks?
(a) 14.
(b) 49.
(c) 23.
(d) 38.

3. In which of the following cities does the American Federation of Labor hold its 1934 convention?
(a) New York.
(b) Des Moines.
(c) San Francisco.
(d) Atlanta.

4. Which of the following individuals is a member of the "Brain Trust" and continues to serve as an adviser after the 1932 election, when that group disbands?
(a) Raymond Moley.
(b) Samuel Rosenman.
(c) Basil O'Connor.
(d) James Kieran.

5. According to "Winter of Despair," U.S. Steel employed 225,000 full-time workers in 1929. How many employees are full time by April of 1933?
(a) 975.
(b) 225.
(c) 120,000.
(d) 0.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the popular radio pastor in "Waiting for Lefty" who first supports Roosevelt but begins to waver soon after the election?

2. On which of the following dates does the special session of Congress convene in "The Hundred Days' War"?

3. In June of 1934 President Roosevelt asks the Committee on Economic Security to develop a social security program. By which of the following individuals is the effort led?

4. What is the name of the political organization Huey Long founds in January of 1934?

5. During the labor riots in Minneapolis in 1934, city truck drivers are lead by Vincent Raymond Dunne. By what age had that person first become a teamster?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the violent labor strikes that took place around the country in 1934.

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

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

5. Describe the nation's reaction to Roosevelt's first Fireside Chat on March 12, 1933.

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

7. Discuss and explain the disparity between supply and demand in 1932.

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

9. 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?

10. Describe the state of the nation by the spring of 1934, as discussed in "Over the Top."

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