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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. Which of the following is not a periodical mentioned by Terkel in the Introduction?

2. Why did Win Stracke lose his work as a balladeer?

3. Where does the sit in of Three Strikes take place?

4. What unorthodox job did Phyllis Mortimer take when her family fell short of money in the 1930's?

5. What did Slim Collier's father do before the Depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Bonus March end?

2. How did the "southern belle" Diane Morgan become socially conscious in the 1930's?

3. How do interviewees who were young in the 1930's realize something bad happened in the country?

4. How did hobos get by during the Depression?

5. How did Mrs. Winston Roberts of Chicago survive the Depression?

6. What resources for the transient did Ed Paulson discover during the Depression?

7. What did Arthur Robinson experience after the Wall Street Crash of 1929?

8. What does Slim Collier's discussion of her father say about the effect unemployment has on men?

9. How did blues and alcohol play a defining role in Terkel's college years?

10. How did a small community develop around the Ford plant strike in Detroit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The Roosevelt Administration took special care to ensure that arts professionals were employed in the period of the Great Depression. Write an essay about the changes in the performing arts during this period of history. How did the actors union gain strength at this time? What did traveling sketch troupes have to do to remain viable? To what extent did the theatre begin to tackle more current and controversial subjects? Which famous artists emerged from this crucible?

Essay Topic 3

The Franklin Roosevelt administration was a hothouse of young minds and genius fiscal conservatives. Write an essay about the crucible of ideas that this administration fostered. What initial ideas came out of this group, and how were they killed out of the gate? What politicking occurred within the administration, in terms of currying favor with the President? What actions did FDR take that alienated huge swaths of his supporters?

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