Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Test | 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 about modern America mystifies Diana Morgan?

2. In Man and Boy, what does Clifford Burke credit with black men's survival in the Depression?

3. Why was the Michigan governor Frank Murphy branded weak-willed regarding the sit-in strike?

4. What entertainment did Sally Rand invent?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Bob La Follette?

3. What was the purpose of the Bonus March?

4. How did hobos get by during the Depression?

5. How did William Benton make his fortune?

6. How was Robin Langston's family affected by the Depression?

7. How did Blackie Gold end up maintaining national forests in the 1930's?

8. Why was psychoanalysis largely ineffective in the Depression?

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

10. How did the jazz community take care of its own in the Depression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the tactic used by union supporters in the 1930's Rust Belt. How did they effectively shut down plants, stopping the introduction of scabs and limiting the union-busting? What kind of press did these strikes get, and how was Governor Frank Murphy of Michigan leveled by these events? What effect did the passage of the Wagner Act have on the ability of workers to unionize?

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of Hard Times, Studs Terkel interviews several individuals who held powerful elected positions during the Depression. These men took different positions on the issue of the day, and these positions were best expressed in terms of their support or opposition to FDR. Write an essay about these three figures. What did they think of FDR and the New Deal? How did each attain the power they enjoyed in the 1930's? Was each able to make a definitive mark on the country at this time?

Part 1) C. Wright Patman

Part 2) Stanley Fish

Part 3) Alf Landon

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the young people who are interviewed about the Depression in Hard Times. What information do most of them have about the facts of the 1930's? What current events - those of 1970 - concern these interviewees? How are the concerns of the 1930's connected to the present issues? Discuss how the more politically-active interviewees view the consumerist spirit that was born out of the Depression.

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