Mini-Research Presentation-30 points On the surface, The Great Gatsby is a story of the thwarted love between a man and a woman. The main theme of the novel, however, encompasses a much larger, less romantic scope. Though all of its action takes place over a mere few months during the summer of 1922 and is set in a geographical area in the vicinity of Long Island, New York, The Great Gatsby questions the continuing validity of the American dream in post-World War I society. Fitzgerald portrays the 1920s as an era of decayed social and moral values, evidenced in its overarching cynicism, greed, and empty pursuit of pleasure. In order to better understand the social landscape of Fitzgerald’s novel, we will conduct a research project. Individually or with a small group, choose a topic below. No more than two groups will be allowed to work on the same topic. Architecture (homes, Plaza Hotel) Art (El Greco) Automobiles Beauty pageants Crime & Gangs Expatriates Freud Immigration Language/slang of the 1920s Music (Jazz, Sheik of Araby lyrics, Charleston dance craze) Photography Prohibition Publications (Town Tattle, Follies, Tribune, Sat. Evening Post,) Speakeasies Sports (Golf, Black Sox Scandal, Cricket) Technology Women in the 1920’s Women's and Men's Clothing (fashion) You and your group members will teach the class about your topic in a five-minute (minimum) presentation. In your presentation, you will: 1. Describe, define, or show (via PowerPoint or some other visual aide) three or four interesting facts about this topic. 2. Explain the impact your topic had on society. Who was affected? Why? 3. Propose a statement answering the following question: how did this topic contribute, positively or negatively, to the pursuit of the American Dream? (Again, who was affected? How? Why?) You will answer these questions on a separate piece of paper to turn in to me. (18 points) In addition, you will present your ad poster to the class. The ad poster must a) incorporate some element of your mini-research topic, and b) use an emotional appeal as described in your notes. (12 points) We will be in the computer lab on ______________. We will begin presenting on ______________.