1986DBQ-1920s - I The College Board Advanced Placement...

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The College Board Advanced Placement Examination AMERICAN HISTORY SECTION I1 (Suggested writing time--40 minutes) Directions: The following question requires you to construct a coherent essay that integrates your interpretation of Documents A-I and your knowledge of the period referred to in the question. In your essay, you should strive to support your assertions both by citing key pieces oi-evidence from the documents and by drawing on your knowledge of the period. 1. The 1920's were a period of tension between new and changing attitudes on the one hand and traditional values and nostalgia on the other. What led to the tension between old and new AND in what ways was the tension manifested? I Document A I Source: Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, 1922 Just as he was an Elk, a Booster, and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, just as the priests of the Presbyterian Church determined his every religious belief and the senators who controlled the Republican Party decided in little smoky rooms in Washington what he should think about disarma- ment, tariff, and Germany, so did the large national advertisers fix the surface of his life, fix what he believed to be his individuality. These standard advertised wares-toothpastes, socks, tires, cam- eras, instantaneous hot-water-heaters-were his symbols and proofs of excellence; at first the signs, then the substitutes, for joy and passion and wisdom. Copyright O 1986 by Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Ail rights reserved.
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Document B Source: "The Bridge" by JosephStella, 1922; Collection of the Newark Museum.
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Document C Source: The World's Most Famous Trial: Tennessee Evolution Case, 1925 Mr. Darrow: Do you claim that everything in the Bible should be literally interpreted? Mr. Bryan: I believe everything in the Bible should be accepted as it is given there; some of the Bible is given illustratively. For instance: "Ye are the salt of the earth." I would not insist that man was actually salt, or that he had flesh of salt, but it is used in the sense of salt as saving God's people.
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