The Contemporary Period in American Literature


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When did the contemporary period of American literature start?

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

2. Why did people question their faith in humanity throughout the end of modernism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the literary movement known as the Contemporary Period. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the history, themes, and important writers of the era.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Start of the Contemporary Period
  • Influence of Modernist Literature
  • Catalyst for religious introspection
  • Examples of American values at the start of the Contemporary Period

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related American literature lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Contemporary Period
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify the countercultural movement to the Contemporary Period

Additional Learning

To learn more about literature, review the accompanying lesson titled The Contemporary Period in American Literature. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the history of the Contemporary Period
  • Understand prevalent themes of the Contemporary Period
  • Compare and contrast the Contemporary Period with the Modernist Period
  • Know important works and authors