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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

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) Gruel.
(b) Shark.
(c) Gristle.
(d) Rotten sardines.

2. Why did C. Wright Patman push for the impeachment of Hoover's Treasury Secretary?
(a) He promoted market speculation.
(b) He failed to address the stock market crash.
(c) He was not an American citizen.
(d) He stopped the World War I bonuses.

3. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what did coal companies often pay instead of money?
(a) Food rations.
(b) Coal.
(c) Company vouchers.
(d) IOUs.

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

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

6. Aaron Barkham informs the reader of what strange practice of certain clans within the Appalachian Ku Klux Klan?
(a) They spoke Gaelic to each other.
(b) They were entirely composed of women.
(c) They had bake sales.
(d) They had black members.

7. How does Dr. Martin Bickham recommend his employers help struggling Americans during the Depression?
(a) Organize bread lines.
(b) Develop work programs.
(c) Issue relief through churches.
(d) Contribute to governmental efforts.

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

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

10. What Depression-era event terrified social worker Eileen Barth?
(a) A bomb threat at her office.
(b) A caseworker's murder.
(c) An assassination attemp on FDR.
(d) A union riot in Cleveland.

11. What writer did Ray Wax take as his model during the Depression?
(a) Upton Sinclair.
(b) F. Scott Fitzgerald.
(c) Horatio Alger.
(d) John Steinbeck.

12. What change to the ticket structure did the Schaffner Players make after the 1929 Crash?
(a) They stopped charging all together.
(b) They only charged for second acts.
(c) They only charged for first acts.
(d) They increased their ticket rates.

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

14. At the end of his interview, Horace Cayton discusses why black Americans never joined what group en masse?
(a) The Wobblies.
(b) The Republicans.
(c) The Unions.
(d) The Communists.

15. Why was Ward James fired from his job in the 1930's?
(a) Incompetence.
(b) Drinking on the job.
(c) Union activity.
(d) Lack of money to pay him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the sketch programs Neil Schaffner performed in troupes across the country?

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

3. What moment excited Wilbur Kane to the point of mocking his German neighbors?

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

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

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