The "big three" of Art Deco were New York City. Los Angeles (including Hollywood), and Miami Beach. New York's contributions were the Chrysler Building. Radio City Music Hall, and other towering monuments to 20th century industrial accomplishment. Hollywood's were the romance 5 and rhinestone glitter in the films of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Miami Beach's was the resort, the tropical escape from Depression doldrums. Deco was a dream style.
On Miami Beach, the crisply modern designs harmonized with the Florida 10 seascape in an economy of construction that offered luxury to the middle class. While the rich spent " the season " in their mansions and grand hotels like the Roney Plaza, the middle class populated three and four-story hotels and apartment houses with friendlier names: the Barbara, the Evelyn, the Julie.
Lean but progressive, the buildings on Miami Beach inspired delight. Racing stripes on facades reflected the speed-obsessed culture. Rounded corner made life smooth. Finials, parapets and tall signs lettered 20 with hotel names reached for futuristic fantasies. Buildings shaped like ocean liners with porthole windows sailed the viewer away. Flamingos, pelicans and herons were etched in glass, stamped in metal screen doors, cast in plaster emblems. Organic friezes placed tropical exotica at the front door. Cantilevered “eyebrows" over casement windows 25 brought shade while permitting ocean breezes to filter into the small rooms.
1. What does the passage mainly discuss?
2. What did the paragraph preceding the passage most probably discuss?
3. According to the passage, which of the following words best describes the New York Art Deco buildings?
Which of the following characteristics of a Ginger Rogers and Fred
Astaire film best reflects Art Deco style as described in the passage?
5. The author classifies hotels on Miami Beach according to
6. Which of the following would be LEAST likely to be found on the Miami Beach buildings described in the passage
7. The passage support which of the following conclusions about Art Deco
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