The Great Depression is one of the most important periods of the modern history of the United States. It started from the world crisis in 1929, which hurt the US most of all. However, its influence went beyond this country. The whole world experienced the consequences of the collapse of stock markets, a decrease in stock value and a drop in production. A lot of books are written and numerous movies are made about this time, but many factors still remain unknown. Let's check how well do you know this hard period!
What did famous Chicago gangster Al Capone do during the Great Depression?
In the time of the Great Depression, Al Capone, a Chicago gangster, opened a free eating house to build public relations. These eating houses were the only source of food for many people.
He lent the government a large sum of money
He adopted five kids from dysfunctional families
He opened a free eating house for the poor
He moved to Canada and started a gambling business
Which of these ways of traveling was widespread in the years of the Great Depression?
Some people traveled on the top of train wagons since they couldn't pay passage. Celebrities also traveled this way - William O. Douglas (a member of US Supreme Court), Louis L'Amour - a novel author, Woody Guthrie - a singer. Experts counted that about 50000 people suffered an injury when jumping from and onto the train.
Going on the tops of train wagons
Sharing a car like UberPool
Attaching something on wheels to the car going ahead
Is it true that the newspapers, which people used as a blanket, were called Hoover blanket?
Those who lost their houses lived in accommodations called hoovervilles - shanty towns named after Herbert Hoover, the US President. The food which was given in free eating houses were called Hoover stew. Newspapers, which were used as blankets, were called Hoover blankets; hares, which people ate - Hoover hogs, and broken cars, which horses pulled – Hoover carts.
What cartoon did symbolize the life in the 30s?
Three little pigs, released on May 27, 1933 symbolized the Great Depression - the wolf was the image of the Depression, and the pigs - the image of common American citizens suffered from the disaster, but, having united, step-by-step succeeded.
Three little pigs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Betty Boop cartoons
What way was the problem of unemployment solved in the US in the 30s?
The construction of famous buildings was completed in the Great Depression - the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, which provided a lot of jobs.
The system of social insurance was established
Those who worked more than 12 hours had the double wage rate
Large-scale construction projects were launched to give people jobs
People migrated to more developed and safe states
What did President Herbert Hoover say on the eve of the Great Depression?
In March 1930, Hoover announced that the worst is over, the economy recovers, however, it was the beginning of the Great Depression, which lasted till the start of WW2.
The worst is over, the economy recovers
There will be a crisis but it will be its light form
We have to tighten our belts
I'm so confident that there will be nothing serious that otherwise I'll submit resignation
What did the Americans do to get lost and distract from the problems?
The record number of Americans went to the movies every week - about 75 million people. King-Kong directed in 1933 by Merian Caldwell Cooper was the leading film. Such movies as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With The Wind also gained popularity.
They started gambling harder, thus aggravating the situation
They arranged dancing at their home
They visited pubs with cheap alcohol
They went to the movies to have a good time
What is the "Dust Bowl"?
Between 1935 and 1938, the millions of people left their houses in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma because of the Depression and a severe drought, which destroyed their lands and lives. This drought and accompanying dust storms are called the Dust Bowl.
This is a cheap eating house in New York where almost all workers ate
This is a home for the homeless
A series of dust storms, which worsened the condition of many states
New York was called this way because that time it was very dirty
How did the Americans entertain too under conditions of lack of money?
Currently popular game Monopoly appeared in 1935. It's believed the people's desire to have money at least in a game resulted in it
Played board games, in particular, Monopoly
Read a lot of books
Spent evenings with friends or at cheap eating houses
Made handcrafted items from needless newspapers and sold them
Where did the Americans go in search of a better life?
A high level of unemployment resulted in a mass migration of the population to other countries, including the USSR
Moved from state to state
Went to the Soviet Union
Went to well-doing Europe
Moved to the neighbouring countries - Canada, Mexico
It turns out that the Great Depression is not a mass psychic disorder but an economic crisis. You don't have a lot of knowledge on this topic, but instead, you have so many things to learn. This is a truly hard and complex period, people still argue about its reasons, that's why it's so interesting. Take a US history book and go ahead! And tell your friends about this quiz, let's check how well they know history!
You know this period of history pretty well and you are good at economic too. At least, you can distinguish shares from obligations and describe the consequences of unemployment. But we've still managed to perplex you - you've failed to answer the hard questions. This is a truly hard and complex period, people still argue about its reasons, that's why it's so interesting. Take a US history book and go ahead! And tell your friends about this quiz, let's check how well they know history!
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