1. Describe the nature of cities as portrayed in the painting by George Bellows. How does this fit into the
realist tradition in literature and art that emerged at the turn of the 20th century?
2. Outline Josiah Strong’s critique of urban life. What does this tell you about political and social issues during the Gilded Age?
3. How do the views of cities during the Gilded Age compare to today? Do you think there is any relevance to this discussion of city life in contemporary society?