Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
A recurring question in Hard Times is how America would handle another Depression, were one to occur. Write an essay on this question. What experiences in the 1930's inform the interviewees who answer a question regarding America's ability to handle hard times? How close do these people think the US came to collapse? Do they, by and large, think that America is stronger or weaker as a system and culture now?
Write an essay about the Horatio Alger narrative and how the Great Depression forced individuals to reassess the legitimacy of it. Which interviewees in the text subscribed to the strive-and-succeed philosophy of Alger? Did any of them succeed? Of those who failed, what elements in the 1930's work environment proved incompatible with the rags-to-riches mythology? What did these people discover as a new philosophy?
Studs Terkel interviews enough people who lived through the Depression that certain archetypes begin to emerge over the course of the book. Write an essay in which you choose an interview that fits each archetype:
Part 1) Choose an interview from an individual who lost wealth in the Depression and discovered a talent at making money through hard work. Where did this person turn to make money? What did he or she discover about society that this person did not know about before? What is this person's worldview after the Depression?
Part 2) Choose an individual who is disappointed by the fact that the country was not largely radicalized by the Depression. To what cultural-political ideology does this person subscribe? What was his or her personal experience during the 1930's? What hope does this person have for the future of America?
Part 3) Choose an individual who lived in a bubble of comfort in the Depression and was not aware of widespread suffering. What was the nature of the bubble in which this person lived? What is his or her impression of the Depression?
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