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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) Churchill.
(b) A Soviet defector.
(c) Trotsky.
(d) A Czech dissident.

2. What psychiatric complaints did Dr. Nathan Ackerman's patients most often bring to him?
(a) Anxiety and chronic sadness.
(b) Tremors and nausea.
(c) Agoraphobia and narcolepsy.
(d) Malaise and suicidal thoughts.

3. In whose administration was David Kennedy the Secretary of the Treasury?
(a) Roosevelt.
(b) Kennedy.
(c) Nixon.
(d) Eisenhower.

4. In what country did William Patterson study economics for a time?
(a) China.
(b) Germany.
(c) The USSR.
(d) England.

5. Who does Billy Green credit with his success in business?
(a) Himself.
(b) Roosevelt.
(c) His father.
(d) God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What writer did Ray Wax take as his model during the Depression?

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

3. What controversial action did the Rural Rehabilitation Division undertake in the 1930's?

4. What memory makes Elsa Ponselle laugh during her interview in Public Servant-The City?

5. Dr. Francis Townsend's ideas eventually became the groundwork for what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How were the prisons affected by the Depression?

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

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

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

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