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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the prison where Scoop Lankford was held in the 1930's try to feed the inmates at the worst times?
(a) Shark.
(b) Gristle.
(c) Gruel.
(d) Rotten sardines.

2. As described in The Farmer Is the Man, how did a mob respond to a judge who was foreclosing on homes in Iowa?
(a) They tarred and feathered him.
(b) They burned down his house.
(c) They lynched him.
(d) They lobbied to have him removed.

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

4. According to Scoop Lankford, when did conditions finally improve in the prison?
(a) When Truman took office.
(b) When the war started.
(c) When the rioting started.
(d) When the WPA started.

5. In the 1930's W. Clement Stone made his money selling what?
(a) Cars.
(b) Life insurance.
(c) Wholesale grain feed.
(d) Bibles.

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

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) The indispensible man.
(d) Ozymandias.

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

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

10. What popular American novel did Jack Kirkland adapt into a successful play?
(a) The Jungle.
(b) Tender is the Night.
(c) Tobacco Road.
(d) Of Mice and Men.

11. 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 Japanese Americans out of it.
(d) To keep an eye out for union organizers.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. To whom did Myrna Loy send her infamous wire?

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

5. What does Edward Burgess discuss buying at the beginning of his interview in Merely Passing Through?

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