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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Emma Tiller say in her interview is as important as money?
(a) Dignity.
(b) Work.
(c) Faith.
(d) Companionship.

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

3. With what assertion does David Kennedy say he disagrees regarding Roosevelt?
(a) He saved America.
(b) He bought his elections.
(c) His programs stemmed suffering.
(d) He was a Communist.

4. What does Alf Landon say he disliked about Roosevelt's New Deal?
(a) The Stalinist collectivism.
(b) Almost nothing.
(c) The nationalization of industry.
(d) Its centralization of executive power.

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. What Depression-era event terrified social worker Eileen Barth?
(a) An assassination attemp on FDR.
(b) A union riot in Cleveland.
(c) A caseworker's murder.
(d) A bomb threat at her office.

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

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

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was different about a teachers' strike in the 1930's?

2. What change to the ticket structure did the Schaffner Players make after the 1929 Crash?

3. As described in The Farmer Is the Man, how did a mob respond to a judge who was foreclosing on homes in Iowa?

4. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what was the state of coal miners before the Depression?

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

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