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 psychiatric complaints did Dr. Nathan Ackerman's patients most often bring to him?

2. How were the actors able to perform the opening night of The Cradle Will Rock?

3. Dr. Francis Townsend's ideas eventually became the groundwork for what?

4. In whose administration was David Kennedy the Secretary of the Treasury?

5. Why does Billy Green say he was unaffected by the Depression?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Christopher Lasch explain the possibility of a socialist revolt in the 1930's?

3. According to Elizabeth Wood, how did public housing develop the stigma it has today?

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

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

6. Why does Myrna Loy think she never got to meet Roosevelt in person?

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

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

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

10. Describe Harry Hartman's experiences repossessing belongings in 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

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 3

Among the strangest interviews in the book are those dedicated to the plight of farmers in the Midwest, in particular the sections regarding reactions to the price of corn. Write an essay about how the fluctuating price of corn led to massive wastes of foodstuffs. What did farmers do in an attempt to boost the price of corn? What other products did they turn to when the price of corn plummeted to absurdly low levels? What absurd and, later, sensible solutions did the United States government offer?

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