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• Besides Fitzgerald, William Faulkner also worked in Hollywood in the 1930s. Research Faulkner’s experience in Hollywood and draw comparisons and contrasts with Fitzgerald’s Hollywood years. Prepare a ‘‘movie pitch’’ about these two literary figures in Hollywood. For fun, consider casting your movie with contemporary actors and actresses.

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• Besides Fitzgerald, William Faulkner also worked in Hollywood in the 1930s. Research Faulkner’s experience in Hollywood and draw comparisons and contrasts with Fitzgerald’s Hollywood years. Prepare a ‘‘movie pitch’’ about these two literary figures in Hollywood. For fun, consider casting your movie with contemporary actors and actresses.

• In what ways did the Great Depression affect the Hollywood film industry? What kinds of films were produced during this time, and who were the prominent actors and actresses? What insights does your research give you into American culture and the American psyche?

• What do you think happens with Joel and Stella after the events of the story? Write another section for the story, trying to mimic Fitzgerald’s narrative voice, letting the reader know what the nature of their relationship was, what direction Joel’s career took, and any other additions you would like to make to the story.

• Imagine you are a psychologist in Hollywood at the time and one of the main characters (Joel, Stella, or Miles) is your patient. Prepare notes from your first few sessions, along with your assessment of your patient’s psychological health, problems you observe, and solutions or exercises you would like to suggest. Feel free to include predictions.

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