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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. Where did some vets stay in Washington, DC during the Bonus March besides the Hoovervilles?
(a) They slept in train stations.
(b) The slept in front of the White House.
(c) They occupied federal buildings.
(d) They set up tents in the National Mall.

2. What book does Terkel quote in the introduction to explain his purpose in writing this history?
(a) Democracy in America.
(b) The Great Gatsby.
(c) Les Miserables.
(d) Grapes of Wrath.

3. What food can Dorothe Bernstein not stand because of her days in an orphanage?
(a) Sardines.
(b) Brussel sprouts.
(c) Beets.
(d) Pig's feet.

4. What happened that made Robin Langston realize a crisis had begun in the country?
(a) He had to miss days of school.
(b) His family stopped eating meat.
(c) His lights were turned off.
(d) His friend's father killed himself.

5. In her interview, what does Diana Morgan say never interested her?
(a) Political struggle.
(b) The suffering of others.
(c) The accumulation of money.
(d) Communism.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what scant costume did Sally Rand enter the Beaux Arts ball?

2. According to Harburg, who suffered most when the financial system collapsed?

3. What did the Wagner Act outlaw?

4. In what war did the Bonus marchers fight?

5. Which of the following is not an implement that interviewers in The March say was used to disperse marchers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Hiram Sherman do after The Cradle Will Rock?

2. What does Slim Collier's discussion of her father say about the effect unemployment has on men?

3. How did Wilbur Kane experience the Joe Louis fight against Max Schmeling?

4. Describe the incident with the Iowa Judge in The Father Is the Man?

5. How did blues and alcohol play a defining role in Terkel's college years?

6. How much power did coal companies have in the towns they inhabited?

7. What safety concerns pervaded mines in the 1930's?

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

9. Why is Jerome Zerbe's interview oddly disturbing?

10. Who was Martin Dies?

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