Hard Times; an Oral History of the Great Depression Test | Final 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. Where did Max R. Naiman and his worker's rights clients end up sleeping after he got them acquitted?

2. According to Scoop Lankford, when did conditions finally improve in the prison?

3. To whom did Myrna Loy send her infamous wire?

4. What was different about a teachers' strike in the 1930's?

5. Why was Ward James fired from his job in the 1930's?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Martin Dies?

2. How did Ray Wax's life disillusion him to the idea of strive-and-succeed?

3. What was the most controversial component of the New Deal?

4. What was Edward Burgess's experience of the 1930's?

5. How does Max Shachtman explain the decline of Communism's popularity in America?

6. Describe the incident with the Iowa Judge in The Father Is the Man?

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. Describe Harry Hartman's experiences repossessing belongings in the Depression.

10. How did Wilbur Kane experience the Joe Louis fight against Max Schmeling?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Franklin Roosevelt administration was a hothouse of young minds and genius fiscal conservatives. Write an essay about the crucible of ideas that this administration fostered. What initial ideas came out of this group, and how were they killed out of the gate? What politicking occurred within the administration, in terms of currying favor with the President? What actions did FDR take that alienated huge swaths of his supporters?

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