Fact or Fiction: The Lost Generation

By: Jill Jaracz

Fact or Fiction: The Lost Generation
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About This Quiz

They came of age during World War I, created the Jazz Age and made it through the Great Depression. But you don't need to know the Charleston to know the Lost Generation. Take this quiz to find out what the hype's about! (Dancing shoes are optional.)
Tanks, machine guns and airplanes were new technologies in World War I.
Fact
These new technologies changed the shape of warfare in the modern era. Their devastating effects had a lasting impact on the Lost Generation.
Fiction

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The Lost Generation advocated Prohibition.
Fact
Fiction
The parents of this generation were the driving force behind the Prohibition movement. The Lost Generation hung out in speakeasies and drank bathtub gin to rebel against this law.

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After the Great War, rural America flourished.
Fact
Fiction
After returning home from the war, the youth of America flocked to big cities to create a new culture.

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The wave of immigrants to the United States had no effect on this generation.
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Fiction
As the Lost Generation came of age, floods of immigrants poured through Ellis Island and into America. The members of the Lost Generation suddenly found they had to compete for jobs.

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Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald were two of the major authors of this time period.
Fact
These two authors captured the spirit of disillusionment and cynicism held by many members of this generation.
Fiction

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A offhand remark by an auto mechanic helped name this generation.
Fact
Writer Gertrude Stein's auto mechanic lamented that the men coming home from war were a "lost generation." Stein repeated the comment to Hemingway, who used it as an epigraph in his novel "The Sun Also Rises."
Fiction

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The disillusionment and cynicism of the Lost Generation is comparative to today's Generation X.
Fact
Generation X is typically described as being disillusioned and cynical, much as the Lost Generation was. Generation X -- cynical because their Baby Boomer elders raised them as latchkey children of divorce -- partied through the Internet boom and struggled through the current recession.
Fiction

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When the Lost Generation was born, the government started regulating mind-altering drugs like cocaine and heroin.
Fact
Fiction
People coming of age at this time would remember drinking Coca-Cola that actually contained traces of cocaine (because it was thought to be beneficial). It's just another example of how little government regulation there was at the time. The ingredient was removed in 1903.

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Women of the Lost Generation were among the first allowed to vote in the United States.
Fact
The women's suffrage movement saw victory in 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted in August. Still, the women of the Lost Generation were rumored to have upset the suffrage movement by voting for candidates based on their looks.
Fiction

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Paris became the headquarters for the Lost Generation's literary elite.
Fact
Writers like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, e.e. cummings and John Dos Passos all made stopovers in Paris to both escape mainstream America and write about it.
Fiction

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