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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 yacht.
(b) A rack of lamb.
(c) A pair of Florsheim shoes.
(d) A Studebaker.

2. According to Samuel A. Heller, what did police often do with arraigned people awaiting trial in the 1930's?
(a) Pawn them off to construction crews.
(b) Beat them for fun.
(c) Have them sing for their entertainment.
(d) Have them shine their shoes.

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

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

5. What type of protest does Horace Cayton discuss in Honor and Humiliation?
(a) Sit-ins.
(b) Walk-outs.
(c) Be-ins.
(d) Lie-ins.

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

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

8. What issue does Stanley Kell surprisingly support?
(a) Integration.
(b) Legalizing marijuana.
(c) George McGovern's campaign.
(d) Leaving Vietnam.

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

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

11. 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.

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

13. Of what sixties-era organization is Robert A. Baird's son Peter a member?
(a) The Weathermen.
(b) The Hari-Krishnas.
(c) The Yippies.
(d) VISTA.

14. As described in The Farmer Is the Man, how did a mob respond to a judge who was foreclosing on homes in Iowa?
(a) They tarred and feathered him.
(b) They burned down his house.
(c) They lynched him.
(d) They lobbied to have him removed.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Why was Hiram Sherman removed from Equity leadership?

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

5. How were the actors able to perform the opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?

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