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3. Utopian Promise   

11. Modernist Portraits

•  Unit Overview
•  Using the Video
•  Authors
•  Timeline
•  Activities
- Overview Questions
- Video
- Author
- Context
- Creative Response
- PBL Projects

Activities: Video Activities

Using the Video
Deepening materials for using the video with this Unit.
What is an American? How does American literature create conceptions of the American experience and identity?
Video Comprehension Questions: What brought the writers featured in the video to Europe?
Context Questions: What about the writing of Stein, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald struck readers as very "new"?
Exploratory Questions: How are Stein, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald commenting on the behavior of Americans? What do they seem to be saying about the country of their birth?

How do place and time shape literature and our understanding of it?
Video Comprehension Questions: What impact did World War I have on the thinking and writing of these authors?
Context Questions: These writers lived much of their lives in Europe, especially Paris. Why did Europe seem more conducive to art than the United States?
Exploratory Questions: Why do you think Hemingway's style appealed so strongly to his reading public? Why did he have such a pronounced influence on other writers?

How are American myths created, challenged, and reimagined through these works of literature?
Video Comprehension Questions: What myths of American manhood did writers such as Hemingway believe in, and what shattered these myths?
Context Questions: In what way was the "Lost Generation" lost?
Exploratory Questions: What does Fitzgerald's portrayal of the American dream suggest about its viability in the modern world?

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