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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 did Phyllis Mortimer's brother feel about her working in the 1930's?
2. In a quote in the Introduction, how does the speaker describe the socioeconomic relationship between blacks and whites during the Depression?
3. In her interview, what does Diana Morgan say never interested her?
4. How did Dr. Lewis Andreas help strikers in Chicago in 1937?
5. According to Doc Graham, what was the only good thing Roosevelt did?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did the jazz community take care of its own in the Depression?
2. How did blues and alcohol play a defining role in Terkel's college years?
3. How did the "southern belle" Diane Morgan become socially conscious in the 1930's?
4. How did hobos get by during the Depression?
5. How did William Benton make his fortune?
6. Why is Jerome Zerbe's interview oddly disturbing?
7. What connection is made between fear and the Depression in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
8. How did Blackie Gold end up maintaining national forests in the 1930's?
9. How did a small community develop around the Ford plant strike in Detroit?
10. During the Depression, what did Terkel do instead of becoming a lawyer?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Among the strangest interviews in the book are those dedicated to the plight of farmers in the Midwest, in particular the sections regarding reactions to the price of corn. Write an essay about how the fluctuating price of corn led to massive wastes of foodstuffs. What did farmers do in an attempt to boost the price of corn? What other products did they turn to when the price of corn plummeted to absurdly low levels? What absurd and, later, sensible solutions did the United States government offer?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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