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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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) Public defender.
(d) Repo man.

4. What change to the ticket structure did the Schaffner Players make after the 1929 Crash?
(a) They stopped charging all together.
(b) They only charged for first acts.
(c) They only charged for second acts.
(d) They increased their ticket rates.

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

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

7. Aaron Barkham informs the reader of what strange practice of certain clans within the Appalachian Ku Klux Klan?
(a) They had black members.
(b) They had bake sales.
(c) They were entirely composed of women.
(d) They spoke Gaelic to each other.

8. What did Harry Hartman do in the 1930's when he felt bad for the indebted people he was serving?
(a) He would leave some belongings behind.
(b) He would say they were not home.
(c) He would buy them a taxi to a shelter.
(d) He would give them the address of a Worker's Alliance.

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

10. What was the name of the private relief organization that Dr. Martin Bickham worked with in the 1930's?
(a) Helping Hands.
(b) Philanthropists Agglomerated.
(c) Relief Alternatives.
(d) United Charity.

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

12. What shocking information did General Smedley Butler report to Congress in the 1930's?
(a) There were Communists in the Roosevelt administration.
(b) Hoover was absent for most meetings regarding the Depression.
(c) Roosevelt knew about Pearl Harbor ahead of time.
(d) A group of right wing military men attempted a coup.

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

14. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what did coal companies often pay instead of money?
(a) Food rations.
(b) Company vouchers.
(c) IOUs.
(d) Coal.

15. According to Fred Thompson, what did Wobblies constantly have to prove they were not?
(a) Fascists.
(b) Anarchists.
(c) Communists.
(d) Mormons.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Billy Green say he was unaffected by the Depression?

5. What accusation was made against Dr. Francis Townsend in his time?

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