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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. In 1930's Appalachia, what does the KKK assist in setting up?
(a) UMW locals.
(b) Progressive political rallies.
(c) Church raisings.
(d) Town hall meetings.

2. How does Dr. Martin Bickham recommend his employers help struggling Americans during the Depression?
(a) Issue relief through churches.
(b) Organize bread lines.
(c) Contribute to governmental efforts.
(d) Develop work programs.

3. What was Huey Long's central message in his nationally broadcast speeches?
(a) Establishing a national bank.
(b) Redistibution of wealth.
(c) Segregation.
(d) Entering World War II.

4. According to Samuel A. Heller, what did police often do with arraigned people awaiting trial in the 1930's?
(a) Beat them for fun.
(b) Pawn them off to construction crews.
(c) Have them sing for their entertainment.
(d) Have them shine their shoes.

5. According to Gardiner Means, what ended with the Depression?
(a) The Gold Standard.
(b) Federal intervention.
(c) Personal freedom.
(d) Laissez-faire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the head of the red-baiting committee that investigated New Deal administrators in the 1930's?

2. What is the name of the sketch programs Neil Schaffner performed in troupes across the country?

3. What event discussed earlier in the book does Harry Norgard think was destructive to society?

4. In whose administration was David Kennedy the Secretary of the Treasury?

5. What safety practice do coal companies refuse to implement for fear of slowing production in the 1930's?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Jack Kirkland become famous during the Depression?

4. How did Wilbur Kane experience the Joe Louis fight against Max Schmeling?

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

6. What does Dr. Martin Bickham discover about the American drive to work through his relief work in the 1930's?

7. What safety concerns pervaded mines in the 1930's?

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

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

10. According to Elizabeth Wood, how did public housing develop the stigma it has today?

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