SAT Subject US History Practice Question 143: Answer and Explanation
34. Why did the writer Gertrude Stein describe Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other artistic and literary Americans as a "lost generation" during the 1920s?
A. They preferred to live in Europe, not the United States.
B. They had fought recently on the losing side in World War I.
C. They were disillusioned by the experience of World War I.
D. They had lost all feeling of American patriotism.
E. They despised society and lived isolated lives.
Correct Answer: C
Stein meant that the writers and artists and the generation they represented had lost their illusions of honor and glory in the trenches of World War I.