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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Wilbur Kane remember most vividly about Franklin Roosevelt?
(a) His cufflinks.
(b) His tailcoats.
(c) His voice.
(d) His smile.

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

3. Where did Max R. Naiman and his worker's rights clients end up sleeping after he got them acquitted?
(a) A city park.
(b) A YMCA.
(c) A boxcar.
(d) On the steps of the courthouse.

4. Why was Ward James fired from his job in the 1930's?
(a) Drinking on the job.
(b) Incompetence.
(c) Lack of money to pay him.
(d) Union activity.

5. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what did coal companies often pay instead of money?
(a) Food rations.
(b) Company vouchers.
(c) IOUs.
(d) Coal.

6. What memory makes Elsa Ponselle laugh during her interview in Public Servant-The City?
(a) The propaganda posters the government put out.
(b) The fear millionaires had during the Depression.
(c) Her family accusing her of being a Bolshevik.
(d) The debates that led to the creation of the teacher's union.

7. What is the name of the sketch programs Neil Schaffner performed in troupes across the country?
(a) Acts.
(b) Penny entertainments.
(c) Country-stories.
(d) Repertoire.

8. Why did Ray Wax flee his parents home?
(a) He wanted to move to New York City.
(b) They kicked him out for his Communist beliefs.
(c) He eloped with a girl.
(d) They were stealing his money.

9. What was Roosevelt trying to prevent with the Bank Holiday?
(a) Buyouts by large conglomerate banks.
(b) The decimation of people's savings.
(c) The emigration of bank owners.
(d) A run on failing banks.

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

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

12. Who does Billy Green credit with his success in business?
(a) His father.
(b) Himself.
(c) God.
(d) Roosevelt.

13. What type of protest does Horace Cayton discuss in Honor and Humiliation?
(a) Be-ins.
(b) Lie-ins.
(c) Sit-ins.
(d) Walk-outs.

14. To whom did Myrna Loy send her infamous wire?
(a) Trotsky.
(b) A Czech dissident.
(c) A Soviet defector.
(d) Churchill.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why was Hiram Sherman removed from Equity leadership?

3. According to Max Shachtman, what international event ended credibility for Communism in the United States?

4. What did the Chicago Worker's Alliance protect against?

5. What marked Long's second-in-command Gerald Smith regarding his speeches?

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