"Brother Can You Spare a Dime" Quiz

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1. The infamous "Black Tuesday" that actually started the Great Depression happened on?
a) October 24, 1928
b) October 26, 1929
c) October 24, 1929
d) October 29, 1929

2. What year was the song, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime" released?
a) 1929
b) 1932
c) 1930
d) 1931

3. What year were debtor's prisons eliminated in the United States at the federal level?
a) 1888
b) 1853
c) 1833
d) 1866

4. As of this writing, the most recent official unemployment rate in the U.S. is for September, 2004. What is that rate?
a) 8.5 percent
b) 5.4 percent
c) 5.0 percent
d) 5.3 percent

5. Adding to the fun already created by the Great Depression, in the middle of the country record-breaking droughts created "the dust bowl." What year did this happen?
a) 1931
b) 1932
c) 1934
d) 1930

6. Many people, myself included, think it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was largely responsible for getting us out of the Great Depression. What year was he first elected?
a) 1932
b) 1934
c) 1936
d) 1938

7. What year did the concept of receiving unemployment benefits if you were laid off begin in the United States?
a) 1934
b) 1935
c) 1942
d) 1948

8. Every year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) release the official U.S. "Poverty Guidelines." According to this, in 2004 if you're a single person living in the contiguous 48 states (i.e., not Alaska or Hawaii), you're poor if your income is less than what annually?
a) $11,550
b) $10,340
c) $9310
d) $8980

9. Even though the Worldcom accounting "scandal," took place on his watch (and the company laid off 17,000 workers in June of 2002), former CEO Bernie Ebbers was slated to receive a golden parachute of how much per year? (Until a judge put a halt to it.)
a) 1 million dollars
b) 2 million dollars
c) 1.5 million dollars
d) 2.5 million dollars

10. Workhouses were a particularly colorful aspect of being poor in England that never made it in the U.S. When were the workhouses finally abolished in England?
a) 1900
b) 1930
c) 1890
d) 1910

11. One of the things FDR instituted to provide work during the Great Depression was create a number of Federal agencies for this purpose. What were the two most well-known of these?
a) WPA and CCC
b) CCC and IRS
c) IRS and WPA
d) SSA and IRS

12. Once the depression started, collections of shacks and shanty towns sprang up outside of major cities in the U.S. What were these shanty towns called?
a) Cadillac Heights
b) Hoovervilles
c) Dorritvilles
d) Crashtowns

13. Despite the Tyco and Enron scandals, in 2003 CEO pay continued to rise. According to watchdog group, "The Corporate Library," the median raise for a CEO was ______?
a) 10.4 percent
b) 13.22 percent
c) 22.18 percent
d) 17.23 percent

14. In 2003, what was the poverty rate for people 18 to 64?
a) 10.1 percent
b) 11.2 percent
c) 12.0 percent
d) 12.5 percent

15. When former Enron CEO/theiving bastard Ken Lay was indicted in July, 2004 for assorted criminal financial acts, he had the balls to plead "Not Guilty." What is his classic line as to why he should be found not guilty for robbing Enron blind and sending it and it's employees to Hell?
a) "Government is actually the worst failure."
b) "Failure does not equate to a crime."
c) "No failure in America is ever simple."
d) "A real failure does not need an excuse."

16. When Auntie Mame lost all her money in "the crash," she tried a number of jobs and bungled them all. Which was the last of these jobs she held?
a) Switchboard operator
b) Actress
c) Salesperson in the Macy's toy department
d) Taxi dancer

17. Which year of the Great Depression had the highest suicide rate?
a) 1929
b) 1930
c) 1931
d) 1932

18. One popular song in 1931 was Eddie Cantor's "Now's The Time To Fall in Love." Which of the following is NOT a line from this song?
a) "Potatoes are cheaper, tomatoes are cheaper"
b) "Ma, she's makin eyes at me, ma, she's awful nice to me"
c) .". . .Sunshine or trouble, you're better off double"
d) . "The butcher, the baker, the old candlestick maker, gave their price a downward shove."

19. There's a theory called "rugged individualism" that says when you're in dire economic straits you shouldn't expect the government or anyone else to help you out. Who came up with this theory?
a) Herbert Hoover
b) Calvin Coolidge
c) Woodrow Wilson
d) Warren G. Harding

20. Who is responsible for today's horrible economy?
a) God
b) The Illuminati
c) George W. Bush
d) England

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