Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What did many of Arthur Robinson's friends say was the only reason to have money?
2. In a quote in the Introduction, how does the speaker describe the socioeconomic relationship between blacks and whites during the Depression?
3. According to Terkel in the Introduction, what voice dominated the radio alongside Roosevelt's during the Depression?
4. Where did Arthur Robinson keep thousands of dollars during the bank holiday?
5. According to Doc Graham, what was the only good thing Roosevelt did?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Alf Landon recall his 1936 campaign against Roosevelt in the book?
2. What is Doc Graham's attitude toward Franklin Roosevelt?
3. How did Yip Harburg find his way to making music?
4. What was Dr. Townsend's contribution to the Depression-era discourse?
5. In the Depression-era Midwest, how did corn prices lead to corn being burned and pigs being slaughtered?
6. According to James Farley, how did Roosevelt alienate members of his own administration?
7. What role did Elsa Ponselle play in the forming of the Teacher's Union?
8. Why does Myrna Loy think she never got to meet Roosevelt in person?
9. What humiliation did Ward James face seeking relief in the 1930's?
10. How did The Cradle Will Rock become a lightning rod of controversy?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the Appalachian mining communities' attempts to unionize. How was this group of workers facing Depression-style injustice before the Depression started? What type of power did companies wield in Appalachia, and how did they enforce this power? Discuss how normal tension between management and would-be unionizing broke into full war in the 1930's? What was the result?
Essay Topic 2
During the Depression, the United States government offered amenities to its people that were unheard of in the past: farmland, housing, camps for the indigent. Write an essay about the public reaction to these amenities. How did each of them prove a model of cooperation? To what extent did people view them as a stepping stone to private ownership? Which of these amenities are still in existence? Why did some disappear and others degrade over time?
Essay Topic 3
In exploring the many divergent movements and personalities that shaped the 1930's, Terkel interviews his subjects about individuals who helped shape the national debate in this time. Write an essay about three dominant voices in America at the time of the Depression:
Part 1) What role did Dr. Francis Townsend play in the national debate regarding helping the poverty stricken? What plans did he offer for taking care of the elderly, and why was he vilified as a result of this plan? What government program eventually emerged from the ideas that Townsend offered in the 1930's?
Part 2) What message did Father Coughlin offer that made him the dominant radio voice, besides Franklin Roosevelt, in the 1930's? What was the appeal of this message to those affected by the poverty of the Depression? How did this populist message transform into something far more insidious as the US approached joining the war against Hitler?
Part 3) What role did Huey Long play in the 1930's? How did his populist policy-making find a national audience, and how did this sudden popularity force Roosevelt to reconsider his Depression policies? Why did Huey Long never run for president himself?
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