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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. To whom did Myrna Loy send her infamous wire?
(a) A Soviet defector.
(b) Churchill.
(c) Trotsky.
(d) A Czech dissident.

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

3. According to Fred Thompson, what did Wobblies constantly have to prove they were not?
(a) Anarchists.
(b) Fascists.
(c) Mormons.
(d) Communists.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to Max Shachtman, why was Communism especially vital just before FDR was elected?

4. Why did Ray Wax flee his parents home?

5. Of what sixties-era organization is Robert A. Baird's son Peter a member?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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