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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 Max Shachtman, why was Communism especially vital just before FDR was elected?
(a) Hoover's administration was riddled with communists.
(b) Capitalism seemed doomed.
(c) World War I destabilized many western democracies.
(d) The US seemed set to ally with the USSR.

2. What did Hiram Sherman do in The Cradle Will Rock?
(a) He was a stagehand.
(b) He directed it.
(c) He was an actor.
(d) He wrote it.

3. What safety practice do coal companies refuse to implement for fear of slowing production in the 1930's?
(a) Offering medical examinations.
(b) Switching out workers every 8 hours.
(c) Ventilating mines.
(d) Spraying down shafts.

4. At the end of his interview, Horace Cayton discusses why black Americans never joined what group en masse?
(a) The Communists.
(b) The Republicans.
(c) The Wobblies.
(d) The Unions.

5. What is the name of the sketch programs Neil Schaffner performed in troupes across the country?
(a) Acts.
(b) Penny entertainments.
(c) Country-stories.
(d) Repertoire.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did Max R. Naiman and his worker's rights clients end up sleeping after he got them acquitted?

3. What was the principal desire driving black protest in the 1930's according to Horace Cayton?

4. To whom did Myrna Loy send her infamous wire?

5. What was Paul Draper's occupation during the 1930's?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Neil Schaffner's theatre troupe have to change their business model after the Crash 1929?

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

4. According to Horace Cayton, why did black Americans not join the Communists en masse?

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

6. How were the prisons affected by the Depression?

7. How does Christopher Lasch explain the possibility of a socialist revolt in the 1930's?

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

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

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

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