John Dos Passos: Biography & Books


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John Dos Passos was, at the beginning of his career, involved in which political movement?

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1. Dos Passos is best known for the connected novels 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money, together known as ___.

2. Dos Passos was among such writers as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in what historically famous writing group?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

John Dos Passos was a political activist and a major literary figure of his time. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the key events that shaped Dos Passos' life and work, and how the evolution of his political views affected his writing and reputation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • John Dos Passos' early political beliefs
  • Dos Passos' most famous work
  • Changes in Dos Passos' political outlook
  • Dos Passos' view of American culture
  • Dos Passos' literary connections

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the life and works of John Dos Passos
  • Reading comprehension - ensure you draw from the lesson the most important information regarding Dos Passos' famous connected novels
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to describe Dos Passos' contribution to American literature

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson called John Dos Passos: Biography & Books. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • List some of the factors that shaped Dos Passos' political views
  • Explain the theme and tone of the U.S.A. trilogy
  • Understand Dos Passos' shift away from socialist ideals
  • Explain the critical reaction to Dos Passos' later works