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Choose one (1) question.
1. What caused the outbreak of the Great War, and why was the United States drawn into it? What was distinctive about the fighting on the Western Front?
2. How did President Wilson’s administration mobilize the home front? How did these mobilization efforts affect American society?
3. How did Wilson promote his plans for a peaceful world order as outlined in his Fourteen Points?
4. Assess the consumer culture that emerged in America in the 1920s. What are the factors that contributed to its growth?
5. What were the other major new social and cultural trends and movements that became prominent during the twenties? How did they challenge traditional standards and customs?
6. What does “modernism” mean in intellectual and artistic terms? How did the modernist movements influence American culture in the early twentieth century?