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. According to Gardiner Means, what ended with the Depression?

2. What marked Long's second-in-command Gerald Smith regarding his speeches?

3. What does Edward Burgess say he never saw in Chicago in the 1930's?

4. In Three o'Clock in the Morning, Wilbur Kane's mother was bitter about the invasion of what?

5. Of what sixties-era organization is Robert A. Baird's son Peter a member?

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. According to James Farley, how did Roosevelt alienate members of his own administration?

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

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

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

6. Who was Martin Dies?

7. What was Dr. Townsend's contribution to the Depression-era discourse?

8. In the Depression-era Midwest, how did corn prices lead to corn being burned and pigs being slaughtered?

9. How much power did coal companies have in the towns they inhabited?

10. How did Jack Kirkland become famous during the Depression?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The 1930's, as a result of the abject poverty and of Prohibition, became an era of romanticized criminality. Write an essay on the popularity of illegal behavior at this time. What was the nature of the industry dedicated to circumventing Prohibition laws? Why were figures like John Dillinger and Machine Gun Kelly folk heroes for robbing the banks? To what extent were they enacting public disgust with failed institutions?

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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