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  1. American Progressby John Gast

  2. What does Gast’s painting suggest about how whites defined “progress” in the West?

  3. What are some of the technological symbols used to convey the advance of “civilization” in the West?

  4. Why do you think Gast chose a woman as his symbol for westward expansionism?

  5. What are some of the attitudes toward Indians and the environment expressed by Gast?