Great Depression Study Guide I



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Great Depression Study Guide I:

Hoover and the Election



  1. Give specific statistics that show the extent of damage brought on by the Great Depression.

  2. Explain the irony of Hoover’s presidency and how did he justify his lack of actions?

  3. Give 2 examples of actions taken by Hoover to bring some relief.

  4. What caused the Bonus Army and how did this portray Hoover to the public prior to the Election

FDR 1st New Deal

  1. What were some of FDR’s achievements as governor and how was this sign of his future actions as president?

  2. Describe problems in the banking system and how the Emergency Banking Act would remedy some of them.

  3. Summarize three programs enacted during “the Hundred Days”. Give the name, purpose, and specifics on how they affected the population.

  4. To what degree do you feel these programs succeed in getting the economy back on track and providing relief? What are some problems seen in these first programs?

Left Turn and the Second 100Days

  1. Name a leftist critic of FDR’s policies. Summarize the arguments they made against him and his plans.

  2. Name a rightwing critic of FDR’s policies. Summarize the arguments they made against him and his plans.

  3. What was Maynard Keynes theory of improving the economy? Do you agree and what is a major side effect?

  4. How did the Second New Deal differ from the first?

  5. Assess the New Deal programs that had the longest lasting effects on the American population?

Great Depression Study Guide I:

Hoover and the Election



  1. Give specific statistics that show the extent of damage brought on by the Great Depression.

  2. Explain the irony of Hoover’s presidency and how did he justify his lack of actions?

  3. Give 2 examples of actions taken by Hoover to bring some relief.

  4. What caused the Bonus Army and how did this portray Hoover to the public prior to the Election

FDR 1st New Deal

  1. What were some of FDR’s achievements as governor and how was this sign of his future actions as president?

  2. Describe problems in the banking system and how the Emergency Banking Act would remedy some of them.

  3. Summarize three programs enacted during “the Hundred Days”. Give the name, purpose, and specifics on how they affected the population.

  4. To what degree do you feel these programs succeed in getting the economy back on track and providing relief? What are some problems seen in these first programs?

Left Turn and the Second 100Days

  1. Name a leftist critic of FDR’s policies. Summarize the arguments they made against him and his plans.

  2. Name a rightwing critic of FDR’s policies. Summarize the arguments they made against him and his plans.

  3. What was Maynard Keynes theory of improving the economy? Do you agree and what is a major side effect?

  4. How did the Second New Deal differ from the first?

  5. Assess the New Deal programs that had the longest lasting effects on the American population?

Great Depression Study Guide II:

The Dust Bowl



  1. Analyze how WWI helped in setting up the disaster of the Dust Bow. Discuss the economic and environmental impact.

  2. What states were affected and how ere these people affected by the Dust Bowl

  3. Summarize the government policies to ease the impact of the Dust Bowl. How benefitted and who did not.

Limits of Reform

  1. Summarize the issue of Court Packing.

  2. Assess the impact of Eleanor Roosevelt on women’s struggles during the Great Depression

  3. Explain the following quote by Clifford Burke: “The Negro was born in Depression…It only became official when it hit the white man.”

  4. What was the purpose of the Black Cabinet and how effective were they?

  5. Using the Dust bowl section and this section cite specific examples of how Mexican Americans were affected by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

  6. Compare and contrast the issues and policies women and minorities faced during the Great Depression.

  7. What was the cause and outcome of the Roosevelt Recession?

Big Picture Questions

  1. Give 3 policies that came out of the Great Depression that have had long lasting impacts on the US and its people.

Great Depression Study Guide II:

The Dust Bowl



  1. Analyze how WWI helped in setting up the disaster of the Dust Bow. Discuss the economic and environmental impact.

  2. What states were affected and how ere these people affected by the Dust Bowl

  3. Summarize the government policies to ease the impact of the Dust Bowl. How benefitted and who did not.

Limits of Reform

  1. Summarize the issue of Court Packing.

  2. Assess the impact of Eleanor Roosevelt on women’s struggles during the Great Depression

  3. Explain the following quote by Clifford Burke: “The Negro was born in Depression…It only became official when it hit the white man.”

  4. What was the purpose of the Black Cabinet and how effective were they?

  5. Using the Dust bowl section and this section cite specific examples of how Mexican Americans were affected by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

  6. Compare and contrast the issues and policies women and minorities faced during the Great Depression.

  7. What was the cause and outcome of the Roosevelt Recession?

Big Picture Questions

  1. Give 3 policies that came out of the Great Depression that have had long lasting impacts on the US and its people.


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