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. How does Diana Morgan describe herself at the beginning of her interview?

2. What young officer assisted MacArthur in dispersing the Bonus Marchers?

3. What is Cesar Chavez best known as?

4. How did Dr. Lewis Andreas help strikers in Chicago in 1937?

5. Where did Blackie Gold spend his childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Myrna Loy think she never got to meet Roosevelt in person?

2. What does Peggy Terry have to say about race and the Depression?

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

4. According to Horace Cayton, why did black Americans not join the Communists en masse?

5. Who was Martin Dies?

6. What humiliation did Ward James face seeking relief in the 1930's?

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

8. How did the Bonus March end?

9. What do interviewees suspect would happen in another Depression?

10. How did William Benton make his fortune?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the psychological effects that the joblessness of the Great Depression has on men in America. What do interviewees recall their fathers doing to pass time and feel useful? Why did men of this era refuse to take government relief and turn so often to alcohol instead? How was America's psychiatric profession unprepared to deal with the effects of joblessness on the population? What obvious causation were psychiatrists ignoring?

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

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?

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