Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

William E. Leuchtenburg
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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 the summer of 1932, farmers riot in all but which of the following states?

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. By which of the following months in 1934 has Roosevelt grown tired of the new head of the Recovery Administration and secured that person's resignation?

4. Leuchtenburg describes an incident where about 50 people fight over a barrel of garbage left at the back door of a restaurant. In which city does this take place?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Roosevelt and Reverend Coughlin and how it changes from 1932-1934.

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

3. What was the purpose of the Works Progress Administration created in 1935, and under what primary rule did it function?

4. Explain Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" during the 1932 election and beyond.

5. Discuss the ways in which the Social Security Act of 1935 represented a new way of thinking in American history, as detailed in "One Third of a Nation."

6. What was the labor problem anticipated during the 1930s, as discussed in "Winter of Despair"?

7. Explain the results of the Senate investigation ordered by Hoover toward the end of his term, led by Ferdinand Pecora.

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

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

10. Describe the nation's reaction to the repeal of the 18th Amendment--with the 21st Amendment--in March of 1933.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss three major ways in which the Fair Labor Standards Act changed America. Be sure to cite supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

In a well-developed essay, explain and analyze the ways in which capitalism seems to have broken down during the Great Depression as discussed by Leuchtenburg. How did the basic theory of supply and demand stop functioning, and in what way did that contribute to the problem? Be sure to include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the Old Age Revolving Pension plan proposed by Doctor Francis Townsend in 1934 with the creation of Social Security in 1935. What elements do these two approaches have in common, and where do they differ? Include supporting information from the text.

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