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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. What did many of Arthur Robinson's friends say was the only reason to have money?
(a) To provide for one's family.
(b) To give to the poor.
(c) To have influence.
(d) To make more money.

2. In a quote in the Introduction, how does the speaker describe the socioeconomic relationship between blacks and whites during the Depression?
(a) Blacks were always worse off.
(b) There was no way of telling, things were so bad.
(c) Blacks and whites were about equal for the first time.
(d) Blacks were actually better off.

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

4. Where did Arthur Robinson keep thousands of dollars during the bank holiday?
(a) In his sock.
(b) In a Swiss account.
(c) In a coffee can.
(d) Under his mattress.

5. According to Doc Graham, what was the only good thing Roosevelt did?
(a) Repeal Prohibition.
(b) Get Hoover out of office.
(c) Die.
(d) Pass the WPO.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Marshall and Steve , the young intellectuals of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, what became ingrained in American society as a result of the Depression?

2. What famous Depression tune did Yip Harburg write?

3. In what war did the Bonus marchers fight?

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

5. What food can Dorothe Bernstein not stand because of her days in an orphanage?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Doc Graham's attitude toward Franklin Roosevelt?

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

4. What was Dr. Townsend's contribution to the Depression-era discourse?

5. In the Depression-era Midwest, how did corn prices lead to corn being burned and pigs being slaughtered?

6. According to James Farley, how did Roosevelt alienate members of his own administration?

7. What role did Elsa Ponselle play in the forming of the Teacher's Union?

8. Why does Myrna Loy think she never got to meet Roosevelt in person?

9. What humiliation did Ward James face seeking relief in the 1930's?

10. How did The Cradle Will Rock become a lightning rod of controversy?

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