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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. According to Doc Graham, what was the public's attitude toward figures like Machine Gun Kelly and John Dillinger in the 1930's?
(a) They were boogeymen.
(b) They were commodities to be sold.
(c) They were folk heroes.
(d) They were barely talked about.

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

3. In Man and Boy, what does Clifford Burke credit with black men's survival in the Depression?
(a) Charity organizations.
(b) Their faith.
(c) Their wives.
(d) The government.

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

5. Why was the Michigan governor Frank Murphy branded weak-willed regarding the sit-in strike?
(a) He did not send in troops.
(b) He refused to comment on the strike.
(c) He came out in support of the union.
(d) He disappeared from public after condemning the strike.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the Wagner Act outlaw?

2. Where does the sit in of Three Strikes take place?

3. What did Terkel seek out en route to his university?

4. What does Diane personally think about the suffering of the 1930's in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?

5. What did many of Arthur Robinson's friends say was the only reason to have money?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did hobos get by during the Depression?

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

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

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

5. How did William Benton make his fortune?

6. How did the effects of the Crash become apparent in Terkel's parents' business?

7. During the Depression, what did Terkel do instead of becoming a lawyer?

8. How did the Bonus March end?

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

10. How was Robin Langston's family affected by the Depression?

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