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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How was public housing viewed differently by the public in the 1930's than it is today?
(a) It was not thoroughly understood.
(b) It was open to people of all income brackets.
(c) It was thought nicer than private housing.
(d) It was despised by the wealthy.

3. What was the Actors Union's response to The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) It insisted the production go on as scheduled.
(b) It refused to intervene.
(c) It barred actors from performing it onstage.
(d) It stipulated only five of its members could perform in it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. What was the principal desire driving black protest in the 1930's according to Horace Cayton?
(a) Jobs.
(b) Integration.
(c) Societal acceptance.
(d) Voting rights.

14. To whom did Myrna Loy send her infamous wire?
(a) Churchill.
(b) A Soviet defector.
(c) Trotsky.
(d) A Czech dissident.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what country did William Patterson study economics for a time?

3. What was Roosevelt trying to prevent with the Bank Holiday?

4. What shocking information did General Smedley Butler report to Congress in the 1930's?

5. What type of protest does Horace Cayton discuss in Honor and Humiliation?

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