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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What industry did Jose Yglesia attempt to unionize?
(a) Newspaper printers.
(b) Steelworkers.
(c) Cigar rollers.
(d) Pickers.

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

4. Why would hobos put marks on people's houses with chalk?
(a) To say hello to loved ones.
(b) To track the places they have been.
(c) To tell other hobos if the people are good.
(d) To protest the banks' foreclosing on them.

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

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

7. Which movement sought to replace the American Federation of Labor in the 1930's?
(a) The Catholic Workers.
(b) The Wobblies.
(c) The Communists.
(d) The CIO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. On what does Dr. David J. Rossman think modern Americans rely too heavily?
(a) The government.
(b) Themselves.
(c) Medication.
(d) Alchohol and drugs.

15. What does Diane, the young journalist in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, resent about her parent's fixation on the Depression?
(a) They refuse to speak frankly to her about it.
(b) It demeans her life experience.
(c) It ignores the racial reality of the events.
(d) It ignores the political reality of the events.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Dr. David J. Rossman, what did psychoanalysis not acknowledge regarding patient distress in the 1930's?

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

3. Why did Win Stracke lose his work as a balladeer?

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

5. What was Bob La Follette before he ran for President?

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