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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 was different about a teachers' strike in the 1930's?
(a) They protested in private, writing letters.
(b) They continued to teach throughout.
(c) They protested at City Hall, not the schools.
(d) They left town for fear of violent reprisal.

2. Why does Billy Green say he was unaffected by the Depression?
(a) He invested in his own business.
(b) He had his money overseas.
(c) He invested in gold.
(d) He had no stocks.

3. How did some states begin paying public school teachers in the 1930's?
(a) With Canadian money.
(b) With store vouchers.
(c) With food.
(d) With IOU's.

4. What did the prison where Scoop Lankford was held in the 1930's try to feed the inmates at the worst times?
(a) Gristle.
(b) Rotten sardines.
(c) Gruel.
(d) Shark.

5. As described in The Farmer Is the Man, how did a mob respond to a judge who was foreclosing on homes in Iowa?
(a) They burned down his house.
(b) They lynched him.
(c) They tarred and feathered him.
(d) They lobbied to have him removed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Corn farmers often switched to what agricultural product in the midst of the Depression?

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

3. What accusation was made against Dr. Francis Townsend in his time?

4. What does Wilbur Kane still dislike about Roosevelt?

5. What Depression-era event terrified social worker Eileen Barth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was Edward Burgess's experience of the 1930's?

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

4. How did Ray Wax's life disillusion him to the idea of strive-and-succeed?

5. How does Max Shachtman explain the decline of Communism's popularity in America?

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

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

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

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

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

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