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 does Diane, the young journalist in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, resent about her parent's fixation on the Depression?

2. What demagogic figure of the 1930's did Dawn McCullough despise?

3. What term best describes the nature of the changes that happened after the 1929 Crash, from Terkel's perspective?

4. How did Jim Sheridan travel to the Bonus March?

5. What job does Paulson eventually get after educating himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. During the Depression, what did Terkel do instead of becoming a lawyer?

2. Why was psychoanalysis largely ineffective in the Depression?

3. What was the purpose of the Bonus March?

4. What does Phyllis Mortimer do when her family falls on hard times in the 1930's?

5. How does Terkel explain his purposes in writing Hard Times?

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

7. How was Dr. Lewis Andreas converted to union support in 1937?

8. Who is Bob La Follette?

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

10. Describe E.D. Nixon's struggle to unionize sleeping car porters.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Studs Terkel's Hard Times is an oral history, meaning that it relies entirely on the conflagration of differing ideas. By including voices that speak from different experiences of the Depression, Terkel makes the debate the central focus of the history. Write an essay on this debate in three parts:

Part 1) The topic of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's success as a president is among the most controversial in the book. What are the arguments for his saving the United States? What are the arguments against such an assertion? How do these arguments reveal the dueling ideologies in America both in the 1930's and in 1970?

Part 2) Terkel interviews individuals who suffered greatly in the Depression and those who did not, including some who actually prospered in the desperation. How do the two groups' perceptions of the 1930's differ? What facts existed to support both a horrific and a majestic impression of the Depression years?

Part 3) Terkel interviews not only those who lived through the Depression but also their children and grandchildren. How does he juxtapose the worldviews of those who survived the poverty with those who did not? How do the younger generations see the Depression? Can they understand the residual effects it left with those who survived?

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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