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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. Why did Win Stracke lose his work as a balladeer?
(a) The oversaturation of the profession in the 1930's.
(b) His loss of a hand.
(c) His left-leaning views.
(d) His drinking.

2. What advertising outlet did William Benton exploit, making him his fortune?
(a) Sponsoring shorts before films.
(b) Direct mail.
(c) Billboards.
(d) Radio advertising.

3. What does Diane, the young journalist in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, resent about her parent's fixation on the Depression?
(a) They refuse to speak frankly to her about it.
(b) It demeans her life experience.
(c) It ignores the racial reality of the events.
(d) It ignores the political reality of the events.

4. What product did Benton manage after the Depression?
(a) Volkswagen.
(b) Muzak.
(c) The Boston Globe.
(d) Corn Flakes.

5. According to Terkel in the Introduction, what voice dominated the radio alongside Roosevelt's during the Depression?
(a) Doctor Townsend.
(b) Father Coughlin.
(c) Alf Landon.
(d) Huey Long.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the Wagner Act outlaw?

2. According to Doc Graham, what was the public's attitude toward figures like Machine Gun Kelly and John Dillinger in the 1930's?

3. Why does Robin Langston think his family was unaffected by the Depression?

4. What did Bob Leary's father do during much of the Depression to avoid going crazy?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Max Shachtman explain the decline of Communism's popularity in America?

3. How did Yip Harburg find his way to making music?

4. How did Ray Wax's life disillusion him to the idea of strive-and-succeed?

5. Describe Harry Hartman's experiences repossessing belongings in the Depression.

6. How does Terkel explain his purposes in writing Hard Times?

7. What was the most controversial component of the New Deal?

8. How were the prisons affected by the Depression?

9. How does Alf Landon recall his 1936 campaign against Roosevelt in the book?

10. What was Edward Burgess's experience of the 1930's?

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