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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Huey Long not run for president in 1936?
(a) He was assassinated.
(b) He was embroiled in scandals.
(c) He chose to retire.
(d) He became Roosevelt's Chief of Staff.

2. 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 ensure that blacks were being fairly served.
(c) To keep an eye out for union organizers.
(d) To keep Japanese Americans out of it.

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

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

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

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

7. Who was the head of the red-baiting committee that investigated New Deal administrators in the 1930's?
(a) Martin Dies.
(b) C. Wright Patman.
(c) Stanley Fish.
(d) Joseph McCarthy.

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

9. 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) On the steps of the courthouse.
(d) A boxcar.

10. Who does Myrna Loy suspect of being the force behind her inability to meet FDR?
(a) Harry Truman.
(b) Louis B. Mayer.
(c) Martin Dies.
(d) Eleanor Roosevelt.

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

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

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

14. What controversial action did the Rural Rehabilitation Division undertake in the 1930's?
(a) It slaughtered thousands of cows.
(b) It nationalized the dairy industry.
(c) It combined farms under a federal banner.
(d) It tried to buy out General Mills.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What issue does Stanley Kell surprisingly support?

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

3. What was Huey Long's central message in his nationally broadcast speeches?

4. What does Wilbur Kane still dislike about Roosevelt?

5. Why did C. Wright Patman push for the impeachment of Hoover's Treasury Secretary?

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