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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the young man in the final interview of Arrests and Other Running Sores do for a living?
(a) Student.
(b) Public defender.
(c) Repo man.
(d) Convenience store clerk.

2. How did some states begin paying public school teachers in the 1930's?
(a) With store vouchers.
(b) With Canadian money.
(c) With IOU's.
(d) With food.

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

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

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

6. What was Huey Long's central message in his nationally broadcast speeches?
(a) Entering World War II.
(b) Redistibution of wealth.
(c) Segregation.
(d) Establishing a national bank.

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

8. What shocking information did General Smedley Butler report to Congress in the 1930's?
(a) There were Communists in the Roosevelt administration.
(b) Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor ahead of time.
(c) A group of right wing military men attempted a coup.
(d) Hoover was absent for most meetings regarding the Depression.

9. 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 black members.
(d) They had bake sales.

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

11. At the beginning of The Fine and Lively Arts, Hiram Sherman speaks glowingly of drinking covert gin out of what?
(a) Teacups.
(b) Flasks.
(c) Soda bottles.
(d) Bowls.

12. According to Max Shachtman, what international event ended credibility for Communism in the United States?
(a) The Cultural Revolution.
(b) The Hitler-Stalin Pact.
(c) Pearl Harbor.
(d) Stalin's purges.

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

14. In whose administration was David Kennedy the Secretary of the Treasury?
(a) Nixon.
(b) Eisenhower.
(c) Kennedy.
(d) Roosevelt.

15. According to Max Shachtman, why was Communism especially vital just before FDR was elected?
(a) Capitalism seemed doomed.
(b) Hoover's administration was riddled with communists.
(c) World War I destabilized many western democracies.
(d) The US seemed set to ally with the USSR.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In 1930's Appalachia, what does the KKK assist in setting up?

3. Who does Myrna Loy suspect of being the force behind her inability to meet FDR?

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

5. What did Harry Hartman do in the 1930's when he felt bad for the indebted people he was serving?

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