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Modern Era American Literature Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Why was Zora Neale Hurston fired from her job at Pan American World Airways Technical Library?

Question 2 2. Into what literary movement did Zora Neale Hurston prominently figure?

Question 3 3. What event marked the 1930s and shaped the literature for the decade?

Question 4 4. Which author wrote much of his work using the literary technique called stream of consciousness?

Question 5 5. Which phrase accurately describes F. Scott Fitzgerald's marriage to Zelda?

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Question 6 6. How did Fitzgerald view his career at the end of his life?

Question 7 7. Who introduced the term 'The Lost Generation'?

Question 8 8. Why did many Lost Generation writers live in Europe?

Question 9 9. Why does much of Steinbeck's work focus on the lives of farmers and migrant workers?

Question 10 10. In The Grapes of Wrath, what does Tom Joad conclude he is destined to be?

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Question 11 11. Which of the following titles is a short story written by Ernest Hemingway?

Question 12 12. How did Hemingway's journalism background likely affect his work?

Question 13 13. Which of the following did NOT fuel the growth of modernism in literature in the United States?

Question 14 14. How did modernist writers differ from previous generations of writers?

Question 15 15. What country did Johnson serve as head diplomat to?

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Question 16 16. What organization did Johnson help further?

Question 17 17. Locke is credited with starting the Harlem Renaissance movement by:

Question 18 18. In what year did Alain Locke publish his most famous book, The New Negro: An Interpretation?

Question 19 19. Which of the following did NOT contribute to the rise of the Harlem Renaissance?

Question 20 20. What was the Harlem Renaissance?

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Question 21 21. Why is The Sound and the Fury considered a challenging novel to follow?

Question 22 22. Why did Faulkner go to Hollywood to write screenplays?

Question 23 23. Which play is generally considered Eugene O'Neill's best?

Question 24 24. Paul Robeson rose to fame in part due to which Eugene O'Neill play?

Question 25 25. What is the title of Zora Neale Hurston's best known work?

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Question 26 26. How did Our Town differ from other popular literary works of the 1930s?

Question 27 27. Why is This Side of Paradise considered a Modernist novel?

Question 28 28. Which writer is best known for choosing to write in seemingly simple prose, using dialogue, silences, and action to convey emotion?

Question 29 29. Which of the following is John Steinbeck's non-fiction account of his journey across America in 1960?

Question 30 30. All of the following people could have been members of the Lost Generation along with Ernest Hemingway EXCEPT:

Modern Era American Literature Chapter Exam Instructions

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