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

2. According to Buddy Blankenship in Sixteen Ton, what did coal companies often pay instead of money?
(a) Company vouchers.
(b) Coal.
(c) IOUs.
(d) Food rations.

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

4. At the beginning of The Fine and Lively Arts, Hiram Sherman speaks glowingly of drinking covert gin out of what?
(a) Soda bottles.
(b) Teacups.
(c) Flasks.
(d) Bowls.

5. What accusation was made against Dr. Francis Townsend in his time?
(a) Aspiring to the Presidency.
(b) Womanizing behavior.
(c) Stealing from the elderly.
(d) Being a Communist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Myrna Loy suspect of being the force behind her inability to meet FDR?

2. According to Fred Thompson, what did Wobblies constantly have to prove they were not?

3. What event discussed earlier in the book does Harry Norgard think was destructive to society?

4. What issue does Stanley Kell surprisingly support?

5. What was Roosevelt trying to prevent with the Bank Holiday?

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

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

4. How did The Cradle Will Rock become a lightning rod of controversy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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