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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. Why was Hiram Sherman removed from Equity leadership?
2. According to Emma Teiller, why did armed men enter a relief house in her neighborhood?
3. What did the Chicago Worker's Alliance protect against?
4. Besides attempting to change the makeup of the Supreme Court, what Roosevelt decision does James Farley say alienated people in the administration?
5. Why did a significant number of people flee public housing in 1949?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Elizabeth Wood, how did public housing develop the stigma it has today?
2. How does Max Shachtman explain the decline of Communism's popularity in America?
3. What role did Elsa Ponselle play in the forming of the Teacher's Union?
4. What safety concerns pervaded mines in the 1930's?
5. How did The Cradle Will Rock become a lightning rod of controversy?
6. Describe Harry Hartman's experiences repossessing belongings in the Depression.
7. According to Horace Cayton, why did black Americans not join the Communists en masse?
8. How did Neil Schaffner's theatre troupe have to change their business model after the Crash 1929?
9. What was Edward Burgess's experience of the 1930's?
10. What was the most controversial component of the New Deal?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The federal government went through a series of processes in its attempt to react to the 1929 crash of the stock market and to stem the sinking of the national economy. Write an essay about these attempts at governmental assistance and how they did or did not succeed:
Part 1) How did the Hoover administration react in the immediate aftermath of Black Tuesday? Discuss what sort of governmental initiatives went into place, and whether the administration succeeded in stemming the decline or allaying fears in the general populace. What unrest cropped up at this time?
Part 2) Discuss the first steps taken by the Roosevelt administration upon its arrival into office. What, specifically, was the NRA? What powers did this administrative body offer Roosevelt to place limits on the private sector? Why was the NRA preemptively shut down soon after its creation?
Part 3) How did the Works Progress Administration prove to be more effective at stemming destitution than simple relief? What did this desire of Americans for work programs say about the country's work ethic? What were some material results of the WPA?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay about the Appalachian mining communities' attempts to unionize. How was this group of workers facing Depression-style injustice before the Depression started? What type of power did companies wield in Appalachia, and how did they enforce this power? Discuss how normal tension between management and would-be unionizing broke into full war in the 1930's? What was the result?
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