Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Test | Final Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where did Max R. Naiman and his worker's rights clients end up sleeping after he got them acquitted?
(a) A YMCA.
(b) A city park.
(c) On the steps of the courthouse.
(d) A boxcar.

4. What public figure publicly raved about Jack Kirkland's play?
(a) Eleanor Roosevelt.
(b) Harold Ickes.
(c) Orson Welles.
(d) Huey Long.

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

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

7. What does Edward Burgess say he never saw in Chicago in the 1930's?
(a) Union strikes.
(b) Apple carts.
(c) Speakeasy raids.
(d) Bread lines.

8. Who played the piano for opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) Marc Blitzstein.
(b) John Houseman.
(c) George Gershwin.
(d) Hiram Sherman.

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

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

11. According to historian Christopher Lasch, what was never a serious possibility in the Depression?
(a) A right-wing reaction.
(b) Annexation by Canada.
(c) Revolution.
(d) Loss of personal freedom.

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

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

14. What did Harry Hartman do in the 1930's when he felt bad for the indebted people he was serving?
(a) He would give them the address of a Worker's Alliance.
(b) He would leave some belongings behind.
(c) He would say they were not home.
(d) He would buy them a taxi to a shelter.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the young man in the final interview of Arrests and Other Running Sores do for a living?

2. What psychiatric complaints did Dr. Nathan Ackerman's patients most often bring to him?

3. Who does Billy Green credit with his success in business?

4. What was the principal desire driving black protest in the 1930's according to Horace Cayton?

5. Why does Billy Green say he was unaffected by the Depression?

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