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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What inversion of racial relationships happened regarding Robin Langston's father during the Depression?
(a) He was invited to move into a whites-only neighborhood.
(b) White neighbors hocked their radios to him.
(c) He was allowed to join the pipe-fitters' union.
(d) He began hiring white workers.

2. What did Terkel seek out en route to his university?
(a) His high school sweetheart.
(b) The blues.
(c) A real American Hooverville.
(d) Huey Long's home district.

3. What was Bob La Follette's signature issue in the 1928 election?
(a) Wall Street reform.
(b) Military isolation.
(c) Worker's rights.
(d) Anti-union legislation.

4. According to Doc Graham, what was the public's attitude toward figures like Machine Gun Kelly and John Dillinger in the 1930's?
(a) They were commodities to be sold.
(b) They were boogeymen.
(c) They were barely talked about.
(d) They were folk heroes.

5. What book does Terkel quote in the introduction to explain his purpose in writing this history?
(a) Les Miserables.
(b) The Great Gatsby.
(c) Democracy in America.
(d) Grapes of Wrath.

6. According to Terkel in the Introduction, what voice dominated the radio alongside Roosevelt's during the Depression?
(a) Huey Long.
(b) Doctor Townsend.
(c) Alf Landon.
(d) Father Coughlin.

7. Which of the following is not a periodical mentioned by Terkel in the Introduction?
(a) The New Republic.
(b) Judge.
(c) Life.
(d) Literary Digest.

8. What was Bob La Follette before he ran for President?
(a) A military advisor to Hoover.
(b) The Secretary of Education.
(c) A Republican governor of Wisconsin.
(d) The owner of a chain of delis.

9. Why does Robin Langston think his family was unaffected by the Depression?
(a) They never had money to begin with.
(b) Black communities were not affected by the Depression.
(c) Theirs was the most popular restaurant in town.
(d) They never bought on credit.

10. In Hard Travelin', Peggy Terry says that America teaches people that poverty is what?
(a) A birthright.
(b) A personal failing.
(c) A mark of holiness.
(d) A sin.

11. How does Diana Morgan describe herself at the beginning of her interview?
(a) A habitual instigator.
(b) A lost cause.
(c) A woman of ill repute.
(d) A southern belle.

12. What demagogic figure of the 1930's did Dawn McCullough despise?
(a) Father Coughlin.
(b) Bob La Follette.
(c) Huey Long.
(d) Franklin Roosevelt.

13. How old was Ed Paulson when he took to the road?
(a) 40.
(b) 33.
(c) 20.
(d) 14.

14. According to a quotation in the Introduction, what was the typical response to receiving a pink slip during the beginning of the Depression?
(a) Pride.
(b) Bemusement.
(c) Shame.
(d) Numbness.

15. What did many of Arthur Robinson's friends say was the only reason to have money?
(a) To have influence.
(b) To provide for one's family.
(c) To give to the poor.
(d) To make more money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Diane personally think about the suffering of the 1930's in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?

2. What happened that made Robin Langston realize a crisis had begun in the country?

3. According to Harburg, who suffered most when the financial system collapsed?

4. What promise did Upton Sinclair make to his supporters during his run for governor of California?

5. In Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, where do Lily, Rob and Buck hear about the Depression?

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