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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 term best describes the nature of the changes that happened after the 1929 Crash, from Terkel's perspective?
(a) Sudden.
(b) Nonexistent.
(c) Devastating.
(d) Gradual.

2. Where does the sit in of Three Strikes take place?
(a) A Rockefeller steel mill.
(b) A cigarette manufactuing plant.
(c) A Ford auto plant.
(d) A locally owned cloth factory.

3. What did Terkel's parents do for a living before the Depression?
(a) They were actuaries.
(b) They ran a hotel.
(c) They worked a farm.
(d) They worked for a newspaper.

4. What entertainment did Sally Rand invent?
(a) The Charleston.
(b) The penny arcade.
(c) The fan dance.
(d) The knock-knock joke.

5. How did Phyllis Mortimer's brother feel about her working in the 1930's?
(a) Proud.
(b) Unconcerned.
(c) Relieved.
(d) Embarrassed

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to a quotation in the Introduction, what was the typical response to receiving a pink slip during the beginning of the Depression?

3. Why would hobos put marks on people's houses with chalk?

4. What famous Depression tune did Yip Harburg write?

5. What did Blackie Gold do in the CCC during the Depression?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did hobos get by during the Depression?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How did William Benton make his fortune?

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

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