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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Samuel A. Heller, what did police often do with arraigned people awaiting trial in the 1930's?
(a) Pawn them off to construction crews.
(b) Have them sing for their entertainment.
(c) Have them shine their shoes.
(d) Beat them for fun.

2. What does Alf Landon say he disliked about Roosevelt's New Deal?
(a) Its centralization of executive power.
(b) The nationalization of industry.
(c) Almost nothing.
(d) The Stalinist collectivism.

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

4. Why was Hiram Sherman removed from Equity leadership?
(a) He performed The Cradle Will Rock.
(b) He voted to disband the union.
(c) He was branded a communist.
(d) He quit acting.

5. In 1930's Appalachia, what does the KKK assist in setting up?
(a) Church raisings.
(b) Town hall meetings.
(c) Progressive political rallies.
(d) UMW locals.

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

7. What does Wilbur Kane still dislike about Roosevelt?
(a) He did away with the NRA.
(b) He stayed in office past two full terms.
(c) He waited too long to take on Hitler.
(d) He tried to pack the Supreme Court.

8. What did the Chicago Worker's Alliance protect against?
(a) Health violations.
(b) Relief fraud.
(c) Employer intimidation.
(d) Evictions.

9. According to Gardiner Means, what ended with the Depression?
(a) The Gold Standard.
(b) Federal intervention.
(c) Laissez-faire.
(d) Personal freedom.

10. 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) World War I destabilized many western democracies.
(d) Hoover's administration was riddled with communists.

11. What does Edward Burgess discuss buying at the beginning of his interview in Merely Passing Through?
(a) A pair of Florsheim shoes.
(b) A rack of lamb.
(c) A Studebaker.
(d) A yacht.

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

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

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

15. What was different about a teachers' strike in the 1930's?
(a) They protested at City Hall, not the schools.
(b) They protested in private, writing letters.
(c) They left town for fear of violent reprisal.
(d) They continued to teach throughout.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Stanley Kell's community organization trying to prevent at the time he is interviewed?

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

3. When were the collectivized camps outside of urban centers closed?

4. What happened to Orrin Kelly after the incident with the Iowa judge?

5. At the beginning of The Fine and Lively Arts, Hiram Sherman speaks glowingly of drinking covert gin out of what?

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