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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. Corn farmers often switched to what agricultural product in the midst of the Depression?
(a) Tobacco.
(b) Barley.
(c) Potatoes.
(d) Pigs.

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

3. What does Wilbur Kane still dislike about Roosevelt?
(a) He did away with the NRA.
(b) He tried to pack the Supreme Court.
(c) He waited too long to take on Hitler.
(d) He stayed in office past two full terms.

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

5. Who does Myrna Loy suspect of being the force behind her inability to meet FDR?
(a) Martin Dies.
(b) Louis B. Mayer.
(c) Eleanor Roosevelt.
(d) Harry Truman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Huey Long's central message in his nationally broadcast speeches?

2. What two roles did Henry Wallace play in the Roosevelt administration?

3. Why did C. Wright Patman push for the impeachment of Hoover's Treasury Secretary?

4. When were the collectivized camps outside of urban centers closed?

5. What moment excited Wilbur Kane to the point of mocking his German neighbors?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Myrna Loy think she never got to meet Roosevelt in person?

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

9. Who was Martin Dies?

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

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