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

2. Who was the head of the red-baiting committee that investigated New Deal administrators in the 1930's?
(a) Martin Dies.
(b) C. Wright Patman.
(c) Joseph McCarthy.
(d) Stanley Fish.

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

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

5. Why was Hiram Sherman removed from Equity leadership?
(a) He voted to disband the union.
(b) He performed The Cradle Will Rock.
(c) He quit acting.
(d) He was branded a communist.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Scoop Lankford, when did conditions finally improve in the prison?

3. Who played the piano for opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?

4. What did the prison where Scoop Lankford was held in the 1930's try to feed the inmates at the worst times?

5. At the end of his interview, Horace Cayton discusses why black Americans never joined what group en masse?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What strange and dangerous episode regarding congressional testimony does C. Wright Patman make?

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

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

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

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

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