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. What is the name of the sketch programs Neil Schaffner performed in troupes across the country?

2. What was the principal desire driving black protest in the 1930's according to Horace Cayton?

3. What was the Actors Union's response to The Cradle Will Rock?

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

5. What change to the ticket structure did the Schaffner Players make after the 1929 Crash?

Short Essay Questions

1. What strange and dangerous episode regarding congressional testimony does C. Wright Patman make?

2. What strange dichotomy exists in Stanley Kell's interview in Honor and Humiliation?

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

4. Who was Martin Dies?

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

6. How did Neil Schaffner's theatre troupe have to change their business model after the Crash 1929?

7. How does Alf Landon recall his 1936 campaign against Roosevelt in the book?

8. How did The Cradle Will Rock become a lightning rod of controversy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the far left in America. What were its expectations when the stock market collapsed in 1929? Did it expect that the American capitalist system was completely defunct? How did events in Europe throughout the 1930's affect the coalition of far left groups in the United States? What occurred politically and economically in America that rendered the left toothless by the time World War II started?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the tactic used by union supporters in the 1930's Rust Belt. How did they effectively shut down plants, stopping the introduction of scabs and limiting the union-busting? What kind of press did these strikes get, and how was Governor Frank Murphy of Michigan leveled by these events? What effect did the passage of the Wagner Act have on the ability of workers to unionize?

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