Pre-Reading & Chapter 1 1. Why are we still reading a book written in the 1920's? What gives a book its longevity? I do not think books should have a time limit, every book will find it’s reader no matter how many years ago it was written. To be specific, this book still has value and lessons that can be learned in today’s world and that are applicable in today’s society. This book also has a description of back then life, how it was to live right after WW1, the roaring 20s, etc . It highlights the fact that our life today is so much easier and calmer than it was back then. A book gets its longevity by portraying what happened in the past. 2. How were the 1920s a reaction to WWI? Everyone was tired and scared of all the suffering, pain, and death that occured during WW1, that is why people tried to be nice to each other because everyone was tired of conflicts and disagreements. People wanted to finally live their life, be open, and free and make their country better. Women were also given more rights, people became interested in goods. Life was becoming better, especially in contrast to war times. 3. Some people think that having money leads to happiness. Do you agree? Why or why not? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being wealthy? I do and I do not at the same time, this is a really hard question and I never knew the answer to it, on one hand, I do not agree because, to be truly happy you do not need materialistic things such as money or yachts, all you need is your close friends and family. On the other hand, I do agree with the statement because if you do not have the money you cannot provide the best for your family and friends, for example, if someone gets sick and they need an expensive surgery, you will use the money and your family member being well and healthy will make you extremely happy, on this question I don't wanna be materialistic and pick a side, but I am in favour of the “money does make you happy” statement. 4. What is the "American Dream"? Where did it originate, and how has it changed over the centuries The American Dream is a dream (the right) that all citizens have an equal opportunity to success and prosperity. In that dream, everyone will be equal and happy, because everyone deserves to be happy. It originated from the declaration of Independence with the belief that the United States is focused on the idea of life, equality, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. A dream in which life should be fuller, better, and richer for everyone. Success and opportunities.
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