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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What moment excited Wilbur Kane to the point of mocking his German neighbors?
(a) America entering the War.
(b) Joe Louis's victory over Schmeling.
(c) Jesse Owens' win in the Berlin Olympics.
(d) The death of Adolf Hitler.

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

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

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

7. In Three o'Clock in the Morning, Wilbur Kane's mother was bitter about the invasion of what?
(a) The Sudetanland
(b) Manchuria.
(c) Ethiopia.
(d) Poland.

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

9. Why did a significant number of people flee public housing in 1949?
(a) The units were found to be unsafely constructed.
(b) The units were integrated.
(c) The war increased income across the board.
(d) The governement decreased funding to it.

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

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

12. Why was Hiram Sherman removed from Equity leadership?
(a) He was branded a communist.
(b) He quit acting.
(c) He performed The Cradle Will Rock.
(d) He voted to disband the union.

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

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

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the prison where Scoop Lankford was held in the 1930's try to feed the inmates at the worst times?

2. What safety practice do coal companies refuse to implement for fear of slowing production in the 1930's?

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

4. What did the Chicago Worker's Alliance protect against?

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

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