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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 Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what was the state of coal miners before the Depression?
(a) Absurdly prosperous.
(b) The same as during the Depression.
(c) A normal middle-class community.
(d) Moderately well-to-do.

2. In whose administration was David Kennedy the Secretary of the Treasury?
(a) Roosevelt.
(b) Eisenhower.
(c) Nixon.
(d) Kennedy.

3. In the 1930's W. Clement Stone made his money selling what?
(a) Bibles.
(b) Wholesale grain feed.
(c) Life insurance.
(d) Cars.

4. With what assertion does David Kennedy say he disagrees regarding Roosevelt?
(a) He saved America.
(b) His programs stemmed suffering.
(c) He was a Communist.
(d) He bought his elections.

5. What does the young man in the final interview of Arrests and Other Running Sores do for a living?
(a) Repo man.
(b) Convenience store clerk.
(c) Public defender.
(d) Student.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Francis Townsend's ideas eventually became the groundwork for what?

2. What is Stanley Kell's community organization trying to prevent at the time he is interviewed?

3. How did some states begin paying public school teachers in the 1930's?

4. What did the Chicago Worker's Alliance protect against?

5. What controversial action did the Rural Rehabilitation Division undertake in the 1930's?

Short Essay Questions

1. What strange dichotomy exists in Stanley Kell's interview in Honor and Humiliation?

2. Who was Martin Dies?

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

4. What did Hiram Sherman do after The Cradle Will Rock?

5. Describe the incident with the Iowa Judge in The Father Is the Man?

6. How were the prisons affected by the Depression?

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

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

9. How much power did coal companies have in the towns they inhabited?

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

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