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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Emma Teiller, why did armed men enter a relief house in her neighborhood?
(a) To keep an eye out for union organizers.
(b) To ensure that blacks were being fairly served.
(c) To stop mobs threatening to burn it down.
(d) To keep Japanese Americans out of it.

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

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

5. Why does Billy Green say he was unaffected by the Depression?
(a) He had his money overseas.
(b) He invested in gold.
(c) He invested in his own business.
(d) He had no stocks.

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

7. According to Gardiner Means, what ended with the Depression?
(a) Personal freedom.
(b) The Gold Standard.
(c) Laissez-faire.
(d) Federal intervention.

8. What did Hiram Sherman do in The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) He was a stagehand.
(b) He directed it.
(c) He wrote it.
(d) He was an actor.

9. Besides attempting to change the makeup of the Supreme Court, what Roosevelt decision does James Farley say alienated people in the administration?
(a) Creating the NRA.
(b) Entering World War II.
(c) Not revealing his health problems to the public.
(d) Running for a third term.

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

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

12. What is Stanley Kell's community organization trying to prevent at the time he is interviewed?
(a) Black families moving in.
(b) Unionization of the paper printers.
(c) Construction of a country club nearby.
(d) New fire code regulations.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. During the Depression, why did farmers systematically stop corn deliveries?

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

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

4. What does Edward Burgess say he never saw in Chicago in the 1930's?

5. Of what sixties-era organization is Robert A. Baird's son Peter a member?

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