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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did Phyllis Mortimer's brother feel about her working in the 1930's?
(a) Embarrassed
(b) Unconcerned.
(c) Relieved.
(d) Proud.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does E.D. Nixon's campaign to unionize the sleeping car porters end?
(a) The porters are given a vote and they vote against the union.
(b) They are all fired.
(c) The union is instituted.
(d) Only NIxon's train line is unionized.

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

12. 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 assessed people on relief.
(d) He performed on the radio.

13. What did Arthur Robinson do before entering the financial markets?
(a) He was an actor.
(b) He was a tobacco picker.
(c) He was a school teacher.
(d) He was a war correspondent.

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

15. According to Harburg, who suffered most when the financial system collapsed?
(a) Those who were poor already.
(b) The financial giants.
(c) Those who thought it foolproof.
(d) Black people.

Short Answer Questions

1. What demagogic figure of the 1930's did Dawn McCullough despise?

2. In what war did the Bonus marchers fight?

3. What advertising outlet did William Benton exploit, making him his fortune?

4. According to Doc Graham, what was the public's attitude toward figures like Machine Gun Kelly and John Dillinger in the 1930's?

5. What did Terkel's parents do for a living before the Depression?

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