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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What metaphor does Arthur Robinson use to describe Wall Street in the 1920's?
(a) A rigged casino.
(b) A candy store.
(c) A private club.
(d) A Roman orgy.

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

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

5. In her interview, what does Diana Morgan say never interested her?
(a) Communism.
(b) Political struggle.
(c) The suffering of others.
(d) The accumulation of money.

6. According to Dr. David J. Rossman, what did psychoanalysis not acknowledge regarding patient distress in the 1930's?
(a) Schizophrenia.
(b) External stimuli.
(c) Parental fixations.
(d) Anxiety attacks.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. What promise did Upton Sinclair make to his supporters during his run for governor of California?
(a) To end poverty in California.
(b) To create a work program.
(c) To secede from the US.
(d) To extract public money from industrialists.

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

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

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

13. In Hard Travelin', what does Peggy Terry think would happen if another Depression happened today?
(a) We would rebound faster.
(b) There would be widespread violence.
(c) All Republicans would be voted out.
(d) The Soviets would take over.

14. What was Bob La Follette's signature issue in the 1928 election?
(a) Military isolation.
(b) Wall Street reform.
(c) Worker's rights.
(d) Anti-union legislation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What industry did Jose Yglesia attempt to unionize?

2. Who were the "service department" of Detroit?

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

4. What product did Benton manage after the Depression?

5. Why does Robin Langston think his family was unaffected by the Depression?

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