| Humanities in the Western Tradition , First Edition
| Review Questions
Chapter 24: World War I and Its Aftermath: The Lost Generation and the Jazz Age
- What conditions contributed to the outbreak of World War I? What series
of events provoked the war? How did it end, and what was the political situation
of Europe after?
- What conditions made the Russian Revolution possible? How did the revolution
begin? How did it proceed, and what were its results?
- Who were the leading soldier-authors of the war, and how did they represent
the experience of modern warfare? How did Thomas Mann portray the condition
of European culture on the eve of the war?
- How did World War I affect the United States? Who were the "lost
generation," and how did they conceive of post-war American and European
culture? Who were the leading authors of the "Roaring Twenties"?
For what works are they best known, and how do these respond post-war American
- What authors continued the tradition of Modernist experimentation? What
are their most notable works? What thematic concerns and formal characteristics
do these works display?
- What changes in American society made the Harlem Renaissance possible?
Who were the leading intellectuals of this movement, and what ideas about
African-American experience did they advance? Who were the major novelists
and poets? For what works are they known, and how do these represent African-American
- What were the major currents in post-war painting? Who were the leading
artists of the period, and to what movements did they contribute? What aesthetic
values and cultural concerns do their styles exemplify?
- How did sculpture develop after World War I? Who were the major sculptors
of the period, and from what influences did they draw? What are the distinctive
features of their styles?
- How did ragtime and blues develop as distinct musical forms? Who were
the major practitioners of both, and what stylistic features do their songs
- What are the musical characteristics of jazz? What forms did early jazz
take, and what were the distinguishing features of each? Who were the leading
figures of early jazz, and for what are they best known?
- How did World War I affect European consciousness? What were the social,
intellectual, and political results of the war?