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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 does Robin Langston think his family was unaffected by the Depression?
(a) Black communities were not affected by the Depression.
(b) They never had money to begin with.
(c) Theirs was the most popular restaurant in town.
(d) They never bought on credit.

2. What young officer assisted MacArthur in dispersing the Bonus Marchers?
(a) George Patton.
(b) John Kennedy.
(c) Curtis LeMay.
(d) Dwight Eisenhower.

3. What did the Wagner Act outlaw?
(a) Union organizers on private property.
(b) Employer firings of unionizing workers.
(c) Violent removal of striking workers.
(d) Government money going to unions.

4. What about modern America mystifies Diana Morgan?
(a) America's involvement with Vietnam.
(b) Those who ignore poverty.
(c) The widespread use of drugs.
(d) The election of Richard Nixon.

5. What famous Depression tune did Yip Harburg write?
(a) Sixteen Tons.
(b) We're In the Money.
(c) Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.
(d) Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What term best describes the nature of the changes that happened after the 1929 Crash, from Terkel's perspective?

3. Why did Martin DeVries hate Roosevelt?

4. What did Arthur Robinson do before entering the financial markets?

5. How did strike organizers in Detroit finally stop scabs from coming?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Mrs. Winston Roberts of Chicago survive the Depression?

2. What did Arthur Robinson experience after the Wall Street Crash of 1929?

3. Why was psychoanalysis largely ineffective in the Depression?

4. What was the purpose of the Bonus March?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe E.D. Nixon's struggle to unionize sleeping car porters.

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

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