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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Peggy Terry says in Hard Travelin' that what disappeared from her life during the Depression?
(a) Her sense of patriotism.
(b) Her family.
(c) Racism.
(d) Hope.

2. How old was Ed Paulson when he took to the road?
(a) 40.
(b) 33.
(c) 14.
(d) 20.

3. Who were the "service department" of Detroit?
(a) The series of vendors who provided food for strikers.
(b) The strike organizers.
(c) Hired thugs working for management.
(d) The government officers who were on the company payroll.

4. What did Bob Leary's father do during much of the Depression to avoid going crazy?
(a) Have an affair.
(b) Paint a house.
(c) Redo the upholstery of a car.
(d) Fish at a nearby lake.

5. According to Harburg, who suffered most when the financial system collapsed?
(a) The financial giants.
(b) Those who thought it foolproof.
(c) Black people.
(d) Those who were poor already.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, where do Lily, Rob and Buck hear about the Depression?

2. Where did Arthur Robinson keep thousands of dollars during the bank holiday?

3. What did an industrialist ask Gordon Baxter to destroy for him?

4. How did Dr. Lewis Andreas help strikers in Chicago in 1937?

5. What did Terkel's parents do for a living before the Depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was psychoanalysis largely ineffective in the Depression?

2. How did the "southern belle" Diane Morgan become socially conscious in the 1930's?

3. How did William Benton make his fortune?

4. How was Dr. Lewis Andreas converted to union support in 1937?

5. What does Phyllis Mortimer do when her family falls on hard times in the 1930's?

6. What resources for the transient did Ed Paulson discover during the Depression?

7. How did the jazz community take care of its own in the Depression?

8. How did a small community develop around the Ford plant strike in Detroit?

9. What was the purpose of the Bonus March?

10. How do interviewees who were young in the 1930's realize something bad happened in the country?

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