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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 5: The Fine and Lively Arts.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What metaphor does Arthur Robinson use to describe Wall Street in the 1920's?
(a) A private club.
(b) A Roman orgy.
(c) A candy store.
(d) A rigged casino.

2. What did Arthur Robinson do before entering the financial markets?
(a) He was a school teacher.
(b) He was an actor.
(c) He was a tobacco picker.
(d) He was a war correspondent.

3. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what was the state of coal miners before the Depression?
(a) Moderately well-to-do.
(b) A normal middle-class community.
(c) Absurdly prosperous.
(d) The same as during the Depression.

4. What legendary artist of the twentieth century directed The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) Lee Strasburg.
(b) Lawrence Olivier.
(c) John Gielgud.
(d) Orson Welles.

5. What public figure publicly raved about Jack Kirkland's play?
(a) Harold Ickes.
(b) Eleanor Roosevelt.
(c) Huey Long.
(d) Orson Welles.

Short Answer Questions

1. How were the actors able to perform the opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?

2. Where did Arthur Robinson keep thousands of dollars during the bank holiday?

3. What safety practice do coal companies refuse to implement for fear of slowing production in the 1930's?

4. What two roles did Henry Wallace play in the Roosevelt administration?

5. What popular American novel did Jack Kirkland adapt into a successful play?

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