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The New Deal

written by: danmontg
 
Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal" program attempted to deal with the Great Depression and some of the inequities of American life. It brought changes in the United States, some of which still effect Americans today. How much do you know about the New Deal?

Question 1:

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What President preceding Franklin Roosevelt had been ineffective in dealing with the Great Depression?
Herbert Hoover
Calvin Coolidge
Woodrow Wilson
Warren Harding


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Question 2:

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Though there are a few dissenters, the majority of historians would agree that the Great Depression was started by which of the following?
economic troubles in Europe that spread to the US
the sudden rise in taxes in 1929
the crash of several large banks that overextended themselves
the Wall Street Crash of 1929


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Question 3:


What was the goal of Roosevelt's New Deal program?
start government programs that would help the economy recover
make reforms that would improve society and the economy
provide relief to people too poor to adequately meet the basic necessities of life.
all of these

Question 4:


In a famous statement from his first inaugural address, President Roosevelt said that this was the only thing Americans had to fear.
foreign economic epidemics
too much government intervention in the economy
greedy bankers and financiers
fear itself

Question 5:

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established by President Roosevelt, planted trees, improved national forests, etc. and was primarily intended to provide basic necessities to this group of people.
young men who could not find work
minority groups who often suffered from employment discrimination
widowed or single women who had to support children
people with physical disabilities


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Question 6:

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Which of the following New Deal programs was a failure and was quietly abandoned by the Roosevelt administration?
Works Progress Administration (WPA)
Social Security system
Rural Electrification Administration (REA)
National Recovery Act (NRA)


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Question 7:


The Public Works Administration (PWA), that was created as part of the New Deal program, attempted to improve the economy by which of the following?
reducing the amount of government money spent on infrastructure
hiring many unemployed people to build schools, roads, etc.
None of these
allowing banks to give low interest rates on loans for construction projects

Question 8:

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Which part of the US government was made up mostly of old men who blocked several New Deal acts?
The House of Representatives
The Supreme Court
The Senate
The Department of Labor


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Question 9:


Which of the following US population groups was LEAST likely to support Roosevelt and the New Deal?
poor whites
African Americans
farmers
upper middle class whites

Question 10:


Why did many people criticise the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) of 1933?
Encouraged overproduction by farmers
Gave all farmers very large subsidies
Paid farmers to grow less than previously
Gave aid only to Caucasian farmers

Question 11:


President Roosevelt skillfully communicated with the American people through which of the following?
frequent train trips throughout the nation in which he spoke at many gatherings
use of television for the first time in US politics
weekly newspaper column called "Why a New deal?"
radio "fireside chats"

Question 12:


Which of these was created by Roosevelt to insure that the stock market was properly regulated?
Investigative branch of the Treasury Department
enlarged Justice Department
financial and securities branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Securities and Exchange Commission

Question 13:

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During the mid-1930's many midwest farmers suffered greatly from which of the following?
a drought which caused a "dust bowl"
massive numbers of locusts that destroyed may crops
heavy flooding by major rivers such as the Missouri and the Mississippi
hordes of city dwellers seeking food in the countryside


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Question 14:


Although it did not happen, many Americans feared that the Great Depression would greatly increase the power of this political party.
The Black Power Party
The Democratic Party
The American Labor Party
The Communist Party of the USA

Question 15:

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Which of the following was the strongest factor that finally ended the Great Depression?
The growing strength of the US dollar against European currencies
World War Two
Roosevelt's work programs that supplied many jobs
Large public works projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority


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