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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What legendary artist of the twentieth century directed The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) John Gielgud.
(b) Lawrence Olivier.
(c) Lee Strasburg.
(d) Orson Welles.

2. 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.

3. What does Edward Burgess say he never saw in Chicago in the 1930's?
(a) Union strikes.
(b) Speakeasy raids.
(c) Bread lines.
(d) Apple carts.

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

5. Dr. Francis Townsend's ideas eventually became the groundwork for what?
(a) Social Security.
(b) The New Deal.
(c) Medicaid.
(d) The Civil Rights Movement.

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

7. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what was the state of coal miners before the Depression?
(a) Moderately well-to-do.
(b) Absurdly prosperous.
(c) A normal middle-class community.
(d) The same as during the Depression.

8. What two roles did Henry Wallace play in the Roosevelt administration?
(a) Secretary of the Interior and English Ambassador.
(b) Secretary of Transportation and Chief of Staff.
(c) Secretary of Commerce and Attorney General.
(d) Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President.

9. 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.

10. Who played the piano for opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) George Gershwin.
(b) John Houseman.
(c) Marc Blitzstein.
(d) Hiram Sherman.

11. What happened to Orrin Kelly after the incident with the Iowa judge?
(a) He was arrested.
(b) He had to flee town.
(c) He became judge of the county.
(d) He interviewed the leaders of the mob.

12. What event discussed earlier in the book does Harry Norgard think was destructive to society?
(a) The Detroit sit-in.
(b) The Chicago teachers' strike.
(c) The Cradle Will Rock premiere.
(d) The Bank Holiday.

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

14. During the Depression, why did farmers systematically stop corn deliveries?
(a) To boost the price.
(b) To highlight their struggle to survive.
(c) To feed locals.
(d) The avoid the spread of colic.

15. When were the collectivized camps outside of urban centers closed?
(a) The seventies.
(b) When America entered World War II.
(c) When Roosevelt died.
(d) When the stock market crashed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of what sixties-era organization is Robert A. Baird's son Peter a member?

2. Besides attempting to change the makeup of the Supreme Court, what Roosevelt decision does James Farley say alienated people in the administration?

3. Where did Max R. Naiman and his worker's rights clients end up sleeping after he got them acquitted?

4. According to Samuel A. Heller, what did police often do with arraigned people awaiting trial in the 1930's?

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

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