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The lost generation refers to a group of disillusioned writers who left
their home countries and went to live in Paris during the decade following the
end of World War I. Gertrude Stein, one expatriate from America, is usually
given credit for their name. While having her car repaired in France, she
remarked to a local friend about how good the young auto mechanic was.
The friend told her that most boys his age were good workers, except those who had fought in World War I. According
to her friend, those in the war had missed out on the years of transition from
teenagers to adults so they were une generation perdue (a lost generation).
une generation perdue
However, Stein's friend and fellow writer Ernest Hemingway, who used it in the
introduction of his novel The Sun Also Rises, popularized the term. While the
lost generation originally described W.W.I soldiers who couldn't adjust to
postwar life, it later came to refer to the group that spent several years roaming
the streets of Paris, living in one-bedroom flats debating the state of world affairs
of their day. In addition to Hemingway and Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound,
T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Beach, John Dos Passos, and Zelda Fitzgerald are some of the
other notables that spent time in Paris after the war.
The words of these writers reflected the confusion and hopelessness many
people felt after the death and destruction of the war. In particular, many young
people were angry and disillusioned since older generations had taught them that
good things come to those who lead good lives. The horror of the war made their
parents' values seem completely obsolete. Their aimlessness and sense of loss
led them to Paris, where they drank heavily and behaved badly. Even so, these
wild young adults wrote some of the most celebrated literature and poetry of the
Based on its use in the passage, an expatriate is MOST LIKELY someone who
The passage suggests that many young people following W.W.I were
What word would be a good synonym for obsolete in the third paragraph?
Which sentence BEST summarizes the main idea of the passage?