World War I
Research the effect World War I had on the American public. Relate the historical facts to the impression the book gives of people returning from the war.
Bonnie and Clyde
Write a compare/contrast paragraph of Dutch and Francie to the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, including references to the time period in which each couple supposedly existed. Include references from the book.
Write a newspaper article about the fire that Stan sets from Jimmy's perspective. Will it have a more personal bent than usual because Jimmy knows Stan?
Research Prohibition. Summarize the exploits of Jimmy and Ellen and Congo's bootlegger status in the context of Prohibition. What is a speakeasy? Write a paragraph about speakeasies and their relationship to Prohibition.
New York, New York
Research and write a paragraph about the first skyscraper in New York. Explain why Jimmy would...
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