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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Jimmy Partland say is the importance of a job?
(a) To promote innovation.
(b) To make one feel useful.
(c) To keep people out of trouble.
(d) To stimulate growth.

3. What unorthodox job did Phyllis Mortimer take when her family fell short of money in the 1930's?
(a) Door girl for a speakeasy.
(b) Chorus diver in movies.
(c) Card girl at boxing matches.
(d) Switchboard operator for an advertising firm.

4. What did Blackie Gold do in the CCC during the Depression?
(a) He maintained national forests.
(b) He performed on the radio.
(c) He wrote for a national labor journal.
(d) He assessed people on relief.

5. Who were the "service department" of Detroit?
(a) The government officers who were on the company payroll.
(b) Hired thugs working for management.
(c) The strike organizers.
(d) The series of vendors who provided food for strikers.

6. Where did Arthur Robinson keep thousands of dollars during the bank holiday?
(a) Under his mattress.
(b) In a coffee can.
(c) In his sock.
(d) In a Swiss account.

7. How many people does Terkel Interview in this introduction?
(a) 12.
(b) 2.
(c) 5.
(d) 0.

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

9. 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) Isolationism.
(b) Consumerism.
(c) Racism.
(d) Fear.

10. Why did Win Stracke lose his work as a balladeer?
(a) His loss of a hand.
(b) His drinking.
(c) The oversaturation of the profession in the 1930's.
(d) His left-leaning views.

11. What famous Depression tune did Yip Harburg write?
(a) We're In the Money.
(b) Sixteen Tons.
(c) Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
(d) Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.

12. In a quote in the Introduction, how does the speaker describe the socioeconomic relationship between blacks and whites during the Depression?
(a) Blacks were actually better off.
(b) Blacks were always worse off.
(c) Blacks and whites were about equal for the first time.
(d) There was no way of telling, things were so bad.

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

14. What did Terkel's parents do for a living before the Depression?
(a) They were actuaries.
(b) They ran a hotel.
(c) They worked a farm.
(d) They worked for a newspaper.

15. In what scant costume did Sally Rand enter the Beaux Arts ball?
(a) Artemis.
(b) Messalina.
(c) Lady Godiva.
(d) Eve.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How old was Ed Paulson when he took to the road?

3. What about modern America mystifies Diana Morgan?

4. What strange job does Terkel get right after college?

5. What was Bob La Follette's signature issue in the 1928 election?

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