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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. When were the collectivized camps outside of urban centers closed?
2. Corn farmers often switched to what agricultural product in the midst of the Depression?
3. What does Alf Landon say he disliked about Roosevelt's New Deal?
4. What controversial action did the Rural Rehabilitation Division undertake in the 1930's?
5. How does Dr. Martin Bickham recommend his employers help struggling Americans during the Depression?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Dr. Martin Bickham discover about the American drive to work through his relief work in the 1930's?
2. Describe the incident with the Iowa Judge in The Father Is the Man?
3. How were the prisons affected by the Depression?
4. How does Christopher Lasch explain the possibility of a socialist revolt in the 1930's?
5. How did Ray Wax's life disillusion him to the idea of strive-and-succeed?
6. According to Elizabeth Wood, how did public housing develop the stigma it has today?
7. How did Neil Schaffner's theatre troupe have to change their business model after the Crash 1929?
8. According to James Farley, how did Roosevelt alienate members of his own administration?
9. What strange and dangerous episode regarding congressional testimony does C. Wright Patman make?
10. What role did Elsa Ponselle play in the forming of the Teacher's Union?
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 about the young people who are interviewed about the Depression in Hard Times. What information do most of them have about the facts of the 1930's? What current events - those of 1970 - concern these interviewees? How are the concerns of the 1930's connected to the present issues? Discuss how the more politically-active interviewees view the consumerist spirit that was born out of the Depression.
Essay Topic 3
A recurring question in Hard Times is how America would handle another Depression, were one to occur. Write an essay on this question. What experiences in the 1930's inform the interviewees who answer a question regarding America's ability to handle hard times? How close do these people think the US came to collapse? Do they, by and large, think that America is stronger or weaker as a system and culture now?
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