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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What safety practice do coal companies refuse to implement for fear of slowing production in the 1930's?
(a) Offering medical examinations.
(b) Spraying down shafts.
(c) Ventilating mines.
(d) Switching out workers every 8 hours.

3. According to Max Shachtman, what international event ended credibility for Communism in the United States?
(a) Stalin's purges.
(b) Pearl Harbor.
(c) The Cultural Revolution.
(d) The Hitler-Stalin Pact.

4. In what country did William Patterson study economics for a time?
(a) Germany.
(b) The USSR.
(c) China.
(d) England.

5. What was Huey Long's central message in his nationally broadcast speeches?
(a) Segregation.
(b) Redistibution of wealth.
(c) Entering World War II.
(d) Establishing a national bank.

6. What was the Actors Union's response to The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) It barred actors from performing it onstage.
(b) It refused to intervene.
(c) It insisted the production go on as scheduled.
(d) It stipulated only five of its members could perform in it.

7. As he entered his later years, what term did Roosevelt use to describe himself among aides?
(a) The poor public servant.
(b) King Frank.
(c) Ozymandias.
(d) The indispensible man.

8. What was Paul Draper's occupation during the 1930's?
(a) Playwright.
(b) Actor.
(c) Dancer.
(d) Photographer.

9. What did Harry Hartman do in the 1930's when he felt bad for the indebted people he was serving?
(a) He would say they were not home.
(b) He would leave some belongings behind.
(c) He would give them the address of a Worker's Alliance.
(d) He would buy them a taxi to a shelter.

10. What psychiatric complaints did Dr. Nathan Ackerman's patients most often bring to him?
(a) Agoraphobia and narcolepsy.
(b) Malaise and suicidal thoughts.
(c) Anxiety and chronic sadness.
(d) Tremors and nausea.

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

12. What was Dorothea Lange's profession?
(a) Economist.
(b) Photographer.
(c) Nurse.
(d) Newspaper columnist.

13. How did some states begin paying public school teachers in the 1930's?
(a) With Canadian money.
(b) With food.
(c) With IOU's.
(d) With store vouchers.

14. Why did a significant number of people flee public housing in 1949?
(a) The units were found to be unsafely constructed.
(b) The governement decreased funding to it.
(c) The war increased income across the board.
(d) The units were integrated.

15. What is Stanley Kell's community organization trying to prevent at the time he is interviewed?
(a) Construction of a country club nearby.
(b) Unionization of the paper printers.
(c) Black families moving in.
(d) New fire code regulations.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what was the state of coal miners before the Depression?

2. What does Alf Landon say he disliked about Roosevelt's New Deal?

3. What issue does Stanley Kell surprisingly support?

4. What writer did Ray Wax take as his model during the Depression?

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

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