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Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the end of High Life, what does Judy blame for the Depression?
(a) Militarism.
(b) Consumption.
(c) Apathy.
(d) Sin.

2. What about modern America mystifies Diana Morgan?
(a) Those who ignore poverty.
(b) The widespread use of drugs.
(c) America's involvement with Vietnam.
(d) The election of Richard Nixon.

3. What term best describes the nature of the changes that happened after the 1929 Crash, from Terkel's perspective?
(a) Gradual.
(b) Devastating.
(c) Sudden.
(d) Nonexistent.

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

5. How did Jim Sheridan travel to the Bonus March?
(a) He rode a boxcar.
(b) He joined a caravan of jalopies.
(c) He walked the whole way.
(d) He hitched rides.

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

7. 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 barely talked about.
(c) They were boogeymen.
(d) They were folk heroes.

8. Why was the Michigan governor Frank Murphy branded weak-willed regarding the sit-in strike?
(a) He did not send in troops.
(b) He disappeared from public after condemning the strike.
(c) He refused to comment on the strike.
(d) He came out in support of the union.

9. Where did some vets stay in Washington, DC during the Bonus March besides the Hoovervilles?
(a) They set up tents in the National Mall.
(b) They occupied federal buildings.
(c) The slept in front of the White House.
(d) They slept in train stations.

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

11. How did Phyllis Mortimer's brother feel about her working in the 1930's?
(a) Embarrassed
(b) Relieved.
(c) Unconcerned.
(d) Proud.

12. What strange job does Terkel get right after college?
(a) Circus booker.
(b) Radio performer.
(c) Advertising copy editor.
(d) Dustbin salesman.

13. In his interview, Doc Graham says that in the 1930's he was the country's best what?
(a) Pitch man.
(b) Door-to-door salesman.
(c) Bootlegger.
(d) Con man.

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) Shame.
(b) Bemusement.
(c) Numbness.
(d) Pride.

15. Which of the following is not an implement that interviewers in The March say was used to disperse marchers?
(a) Bayonets.
(b) Tear gas.
(c) Guns.
(d) Water cannon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Cesar Chavez best known as?

2. What job does Paulson eventually get after educating himself?

3. What did Bob Leary's father do during much of the Depression to avoid going crazy?

4. What did Terkel's parents do for a living before the Depression?

5. How did strike organizers in Detroit finally stop scabs from coming?

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