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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What psychiatric complaints did Dr. Nathan Ackerman's patients most often bring to him?
(a) Agoraphobia and narcolepsy.
(b) Anxiety and chronic sadness.
(c) Tremors and nausea.
(d) Malaise and suicidal thoughts.

4. According to Fred Thompson, what did Wobblies constantly have to prove they were not?
(a) Anarchists.
(b) Mormons.
(c) Fascists.
(d) Communists.

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

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

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

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

9. Corn farmers often switched to what agricultural product in the midst of the Depression?
(a) Pigs.
(b) Tobacco.
(c) Potatoes.
(d) Barley.

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

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

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

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

14. What marked Long's second-in-command Gerald Smith regarding his speeches?
(a) His vulgarity.
(b) His stutter.
(c) His lack of clarity.
(d) His anti-Semitism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Scoop Lankford, when did conditions finally improve in the prison?

2. What issue does Stanley Kell surprisingly support?

3. What two roles did Henry Wallace play in the Roosevelt administration?

4. What controversial action did the Rural Rehabilitation Division undertake in the 1930's?

5. What happened to Orrin Kelly after the incident with the Iowa judge?

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