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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Marshall and Steve , the young intellectuals of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, what became ingrained in American society as a result of the Depression?
(a) Racism.
(b) Isolationism.
(c) Consumerism.
(d) Fear.

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

3. Where does the sit in of Three Strikes take place?
(a) A Rockefeller steel mill.
(b) A locally owned cloth factory.
(c) A Ford auto plant.
(d) A cigarette manufactuing plant.

4. What young officer assisted MacArthur in dispersing the Bonus Marchers?
(a) George Patton.
(b) John Kennedy.
(c) Dwight Eisenhower.
(d) Curtis LeMay.

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

6. What does Diane personally think about the suffering of the 1930's in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
(a) She has no opinion.
(b) She thinks it is exaggerated by those who experienced it.
(c) She thinks the suffering was focused disproportionately on minorities.
(d) She thinks America reaped what it sowed in the 1920's.

7. In Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, where do Lily, Rob and Buck hear about the Depression?
(a) Their school.
(b) Television.
(c) Their grandparents.
(d) Their parents.

8. How did strike organizers in Detroit finally stop scabs from coming?
(a) They paid scabs not to go to work.
(b) They shut down the highway.
(c) They nailed shut the factory doors.
(d) They burned a scab's house down.

9. What did Bob Leary's father do during much of the Depression to avoid going crazy?
(a) Fish at a nearby lake.
(b) Have an affair.
(c) Redo the upholstery of a car.
(d) Paint a house.

10. Who was the one black student in Terkel's college class?
(a) Marcus Garvey's grandson.
(b) Medgar Evers.
(c) An ancestor of Frederick Douglass.
(d) An African prince.

11. What is Cesar Chavez best known as?
(a) A poet.
(b) A labor organizer.
(c) A priest.
(d) An entertainer.

12. What did an industrialist ask Gordon Baxter to destroy for him?
(a) A union card.
(b) Anti-union pamphlets.
(c) Dossiers on his workers.
(d) A cudgel used to kill a union leader.

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

14. How did Dr. Lewis Andreas help strikers in Chicago in 1937?
(a) He lobbied senators and congressmen on their behalf.
(b) He contributed thousands to their employment fund.
(c) He provided free healthcare to them.
(d) He wrote op-eds for them.

15. In Man and Boy, what does Clifford Burke credit with black men's survival in the Depression?
(a) Their wives.
(b) Their faith.
(c) The government.
(d) Charity organizations.

Short Answer Questions

1. In his interview, Doc Graham says that in the 1930's he was the country's best what?

2. Which famous American film critic is interviewed in Hard Travelin'?

3. According to Terkel in the Introduction, what voice dominated the radio alongside Roosevelt's during the Depression?

4. What happened to one of Daisy Singer's favorite parks during the Depression?

5. Why would hobos put marks on people's houses with chalk?

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