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Overview of 20th Century American Literature Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. In Catcher in the Rye, how do Holden's interactions with the prostitute, Sunny, end?

Question 2 2. How does Holden Caulfield start to tell his story in Catcher in the Rye?

Question 3 3. How was Kerouac's writing similar to jazz?

Question 4 4. How did Kerouac come up with the name the Beat Generation?

Question 5 5. In contemporary American literature, what is the hero often on a quest for?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following examples from Ralph Ellison's The Invisible Man BEST exemplifies the use of rhythm and tone?

Question 7 7. The contemporary period of American literature grew out of what trends of modernist literature?

Question 8 8. All of the following are examples of traditional American values at the beginning of the contemporary period, EXCEPT:

Question 9 9. Why did Arthur Miller have trouble getting into the creative writing program at the University of Michigan?

Question 10 10. What is the subject of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play Death of a Salesman ?

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Question 11 11. How are the poem The Broken Tower by Hart Crane and the Tennessee Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire similar?

Question 12 12. What is Tennessee Williams best known for?

Question 13 13. Which poem's controversial language led to a famous obscenity trial?

Question 14 14. The Beat poets were closely associated with _____.

Question 15 15. In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, black nationalism is represented by which character?

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Question 16 16. Why did Ellison not give the narrator a name in Invisible Man?

Question 17 17. In his autobiography Black Boy, what does Richard Wright attribute his childhood hunger to?

Question 18 18. In his autobiography Black Boy, why does Richard Wright part ways with the Communists?

Question 19 19. Who wrote: 'Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation'?

Question 20 20. Which one of the following authors won a Pulitzer Prize for her famous novel?

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Question 21 21. Junkie describes the life of an addict and dealer of which drug?

Question 22 22. The writings of the Beat Generation, and specifically Burroughs, are known for focusing on all of the following topics, EXCEPT _____.

Question 23 23. Which of the following BEST describes how Holden Caulfield feels about most people in Catcher in the Rye?

Question 24 24. How was Kerouac's last book, Big Sur, similar to his life?

Question 25 25. In order to show a character's search for self, contemporary American writers often use all of the following techniques, EXCEPT:

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Question 26 26. What was the countercultural movement in the contemporary period called?

Question 27 27. Arthur Miller's work is best known for portraying what themes?

Question 28 28. What was Tennessee Williams first major hit?

Question 29 29. The term 'Beat Generation' is attributed to _____.

Question 30 30. In Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, who recruits the narrator as a speaker?

Overview of 20th Century American Literature Chapter Exam Instructions

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