How Well Do You Know Frances Perkins?

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  • 1. 
    Frances Perkins completed her master's degree in sociology and economics from which university?
    • A. 

      Columbia University

    • B. 

      Harvard University

    • C. 

      Yale University

    • D. 

      University of Virginia

  • 2. 
    Perkins' friends at Mount Holyoke knew her by what nickname?
    • A. 

      Fran

    • B. 

      Perk

    • C. 

      Fanny

    • D. 

      Frankey

  • 3. 
    What was Perkins' major at Mount Holyoke
    • A. 

      English

    • B. 

      History

    • C. 

      Political Science

    • D. 

      Physics

  • 4. 
    An American economic history course taught by historian Annah May Soule had a profound impact on Perkins, most notably after the class visited and observed conditions where?
    • A. 

      Mills along the Connecticut River

    • B. 

      Cotton processing factories in Hadley

    • C. 

      Loudville lead mines

    • D. 

      Tenant farms in Hatfield

  • 5. 
    At which organization did Perkins work?
    • A. 

      New York City Consumers League

    • B. 

      Chicago Commons and Hull House

    • C. 

      Philadelphia Research and Protective Association

    • D. 

      New York State Industrial Commission

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    Perkins boldly called a press conference in January of 1930 to publicly challenge President Hoover's announcment about what?
    • A. 

      The rolling back of taxes

    • B. 

      The state of the economy

    • C. 

      Native American assimilation

    • D. 

      American isolationism

  • 7. 
    Which was not part of Perkins' policy priorities when she was chosen as the secretary of labor under Roosevelt?
    • A. 

      40-hour work week

    • B. 

      A minimum wage

    • C. 

      Unemployment compensation

    • D. 

      Universal health insurance

    • E. 

      Non-discrimination in employment

  • 8. 
    Frances Perkins was the longest-serving labor secretary at the time of her retirement.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Which quote did Perkins NOT say?
    • A. 

      “The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.”

    • B. 

      “Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees.”

    • C. 

      “Education was to fit one to do good.”

    • D. 

      “I had to do something about unnecessary hazards to life, unnecessary poverty. It was sort of up to me.”