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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Aaron Barkham informs the reader of what strange practice of certain clans within the Appalachian Ku Klux Klan?
(a) They were entirely composed of women.
(b) They had black members.
(c) They spoke Gaelic to each other.
(d) They had bake sales.

2. With what assertion does David Kennedy say he disagrees regarding Roosevelt?
(a) He was a Communist.
(b) He bought his elections.
(c) His programs stemmed suffering.
(d) He saved America.

3. According to Emma Teiller, why did armed men enter a relief house in her neighborhood?
(a) To stop mobs threatening to burn it down.
(b) To keep an eye out for union organizers.
(c) To ensure that blacks were being fairly served.
(d) To keep Japanese Americans out of it.

4. What Depression-era event terrified social worker Eileen Barth?
(a) An assassination attemp on FDR.
(b) A caseworker's murder.
(c) A union riot in Cleveland.
(d) A bomb threat at her office.

5. As described in The Farmer Is the Man, how did a mob respond to a judge who was foreclosing on homes in Iowa?
(a) They burned down his house.
(b) They lynched him.
(c) They tarred and feathered him.
(d) They lobbied to have him removed.

6. Why did C. Wright Patman push for the impeachment of Hoover's Treasury Secretary?
(a) He failed to address the stock market crash.
(b) He stopped the World War I bonuses.
(c) He promoted market speculation.
(d) He was not an American citizen.

7. What was the principal desire driving black protest in the 1930's according to Horace Cayton?
(a) Jobs.
(b) Integration.
(c) Voting rights.
(d) Societal acceptance.

8. What marked Long's second-in-command Gerald Smith regarding his speeches?
(a) His anti-Semitism.
(b) His vulgarity.
(c) His stutter.
(d) His lack of clarity.

9. What shocking information did General Smedley Butler report to Congress in the 1930's?
(a) A group of right wing military men attempted a coup.
(b) Hoover was absent for most meetings regarding the Depression.
(c) Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor ahead of time.
(d) There were Communists in the Roosevelt administration.

10. How were the actors able to perform the opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) They performed on the street.
(b) They performed from the audience.
(c) They recorded a performance and broadcast it.
(d) They performed it in Spanish.

11. In Three o'Clock in the Morning, Wilbur Kane's mother was bitter about the invasion of what?
(a) Manchuria.
(b) Poland.
(c) The Sudetanland
(d) Ethiopia.

12. What writer did Ray Wax take as his model during the Depression?
(a) Upton Sinclair.
(b) John Steinbeck.
(c) Horatio Alger.
(d) F. Scott Fitzgerald.

13. According to Max Shachtman, why was Communism especially vital just before FDR was elected?
(a) Capitalism seemed doomed.
(b) The US seemed set to ally with the USSR.
(c) Hoover's administration was riddled with communists.
(d) World War I destabilized many western democracies.

14. In the 1930's W. Clement Stone made his money selling what?
(a) Cars.
(b) Life insurance.
(c) Wholesale grain feed.
(d) Bibles.

15. What public figure publicly raved about Jack Kirkland's play?
(a) Harold Ickes.
(b) Orson Welles.
(c) Eleanor Roosevelt.
(d) Huey Long.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the sketch programs Neil Schaffner performed in troupes across the country?

2. What does the young man in the final interview of Arrests and Other Running Sores do for a living?

3. What type of protest does Horace Cayton discuss in Honor and Humiliation?

4. What moment excited Wilbur Kane to the point of mocking his German neighbors?

5. Dr. Francis Townsend's ideas eventually became the groundwork for what?

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