Quiz: Fact or Fiction: The Great Depression
Fact or Fiction: The Great Depression
By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Are today's economic woes going to spiral us into another one? We wouldn't touch that issue with a 10-foot pole, frankly -- so we're just going to stick with history for this quiz. Can you separate Great Depression fact from fiction?

1 of 10
Contrary to popular belief, the Great Depression didn't originate in the United States. It started with the economic collapse of Great Britain, which then caused the American stock market to crash.
2 of 10
The stock market crash on Oct. 29, 1929 -- "Black Tuesday" -- wasn't really a sudden, one-day event.
3 of 10
A group of powerful Wall Street bankers tried to halt the collapse by buying huge blocks of blue-chip stocks at high prices.
4 of 10
Because of the Soviet Union's isolationist policies, it wasn't really affected by the Great Depression.
5 of 10
At the height of the Great Depression in 1935, the unemployment rate in the United States was almost 50 percent.
6 of 10
The biggest "Hoboville" in the United States was a massive encampment on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
7 of 10
"The Grapes of Wrath," perhaps the defining novel of the Great Depression, follows the Clampett family on their journey from Oklahoma to California.
8 of 10
The first part of FDR's New Deal was a restructuring of the economy.
9 of 10
When World War II ended, so did the Great Depression in the United States.
10 of 10
It wasn't until 1971 that the Dow Jones returned to its pre-crash levels.
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