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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?



Essay Topics

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?

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

Studs Terkel mentions throughout the book that the Roosevelt administration had a vested interest in chronicling the realities of the Depression as it was happening. Write an essay about three of these historical/artistic documents. What specific component of the Depression experience did each highlight? What was its medium? How was it received at the time and since? Why did the Roosevelt administration avoid publicizing that it was funding this sort of archiving work?

Part 1) Tobacco Road.

Part 2) The River.

Part 3) Dorothea Lange's portraits.

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