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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Peggy Terry says in Hard Travelin' that what disappeared from her life during the Depression?
(a) Hope.
(b) Her sense of patriotism.
(c) Racism.
(d) Her family.

6. What did Slim Collier's father do before the Depression?
(a) Landscaping.
(b) Smelting.
(c) Die work.
(d) Copywriting.

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

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

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

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

11. What dubious art did Jerome Zerbe develop in the 1930's?
(a) Muzak.
(b) Celebrity photography.
(c) Hardcore pornography.
(d) Bootlegging.

12. What did the Wagner Act outlaw?
(a) Union organizers on private property.
(b) Violent removal of striking workers.
(c) Employer firings of unionizing workers.
(d) Government money going to unions.

13. 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 boogeymen.
(b) They were folk heroes.
(c) They were commodities to be sold.
(d) They were barely talked about.

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

15. What entertainment did Sally Rand invent?
(a) The knock-knock joke.
(b) The fan dance.
(c) The penny arcade.
(d) The Charleston.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Blackie Gold do in the CCC during the Depression?

2. What term best describes the nature of the changes that happened after the 1929 Crash, from Terkel's perspective?

3. What was the occupational community of which Jimmy Partland was a part, that lent back and forth regularly?

4. In God Bless' the Child, Slim Collier discusses what effect created by job loss in America?

5. How did Frank Czerwonka's mother make money during the Depression?

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