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COMPREHENSION / RECALL (multiple choice)

1) Nick Carraway believes that his father’s influence and guidance made him…

A. A bad sport / sore loser.
B. An understanding listener.
C. Pessimistic (negative) and depressed.
D. Greedy and ambitious.

2) Why does Nick Carraway initially relocate to the New York City area?

A. To play baseball professionally
B. To reunite with his high school sweetheart
C. To attend college and become a writer
D. To work in finance (investments)

3) Viewed from above, the area of Long Island where Nick lives is shaped like a/an…

A. Anchor.
B. Snake.
C. Egg.
D. Cross.

4) Tom Buchanan lets anyone who will listen to him know that he supports…

A. Racism.
B. A woman’s right to vote.
C. A United States invasion of Canada.
D. Child labor.

5) Why doesn’t Nick talk to Gatsby when he first sees him on the mansion lawn one night?

A. Gatsby runs away and slams the door.
B. Gatsby seems lost in a private moment.
C. Gatsby lies unconscious on the ground.
D. Trick question! The two have a bizarre and memorable conversation.

6) How do Tom and Nick know each other?

A. They work at the same company.
B. They went to college together.
C. Tom is Nick’s uncle.
D. They served together in the navy.

7) How does Myrtle’s nose get broken?

A. She falls down some steps.
B. She drops a table on herself.
C. Tom strikes her.
D. Daisy accidentally hits her with a door.

8) How does Nick gain admission to one of Gatsby’s parties without having an invitation?

A. He climbs through a window.
B. He claims that his friends are inside.
C. He pretends to be making a delivery.
D. Trick question! He does get an invitation.

9) Early in the novel, Nick interrupts the narrative about Gatsby to explain…

A. A time when he almost drowned.
B. His work life in New York City.
C. The death of his first wife.
D. A history of the prohibition of alcohol and the rising popularity of jazz.

10) Why did Gatsby buy the mansion in West Egg in the first place?

A. A doctor believed the climate would improve his health.
B. He wanted to be close to Daisy.
C. He needed access to the ocean to receive his illegal deliveries.
D. Trick question! He did not buy it.

11) An intoxicated party guest finds it difficult to believe that Gatsby’s ____________ are real.

A. Paintings
B. Books
C. Eyelashes
D. Jewels

12) In a telling moment, Daisy Buchanan explains why she hopes her daughter will be…

A. Ugly.
B. A fool.
C. A musician.
D. Ambitious and greedy.

13) What about Jay Gatsby has a powerful, almost hypnotic, effect on Nick?

A. His whistling
B. His hands and gestures
C. His voice
D. His smile

14) Gatsby’s grand plan uses Nick Carraway to…

A. Establish a cover story for the police.
B. Reinforce the lie that he went to Yale.
C. Test Jordan’s trustworthiness.
D. Arrange an important meeting.

15) What about Daisy do Nick and others find extraordinarily alluring (attractive)?

A. Her hair
B. Her voice
C. Her figure (shape)
D. Her graceful movements

16) It turns out that Gatsby truly comes from…

A. A family of poor farmers in North Dakota.
B. A Catholic orphanage in New Jersey.
C. Wealthy European aristocracy.
D. A very religious family in Georgia.

17) Where does the 17-year-old Jay Gatsby first meet Mr. Dan Cody?

A. In a mine in Alaska
B. On a city bus
C. On a boat in a lake
D. On a golf course in Connecticut

18) Who invents the personae (imagined identity) of Jay Gatsby?

A. Nick Carraway
B. Dan Cody
C. D.B. Cooper (author)
D. James Gatz

19) When Daisy attends a Gatsby party, she…

A. Has “a positively magical adventure.”
B. Becomes “wild, unhinged, and violent.”
C. Finds it crass (not classy) and distasteful.
D. Trick question! She never actually attends.

20) Tom objects to Gatsby calling him…

A. “Daisy’s boy.”
B. “The polo player.”
C. “Ignominious goat.”
D. “His Excellency.”

21) What does George Wilson plan to do about his wife’s infidelity (cheating on him)?

A. Sue for divorce
B. Kill Tom Buchanan
C. Move away
D. Nothing. He realizes he does not care.

22) Tom Buchanan mocks Gatsby’s habit of calling people…

A. “My sweet child.”
B. “Old sport.”
C. “Good fellow.”
D. “Dearest chum.”

23) How did Jay Gatsby become rich?

A. Organized crime
B. He was born rich.
C. He inherited his money from Dan Cody.
D. Stock market speculation (investing)

24) Who kills Myrtle Wilson?

A. Tom Buchanan
B. Jay Gatsby
C. George Wilson
D. Daisy Buchanan

25) How does Tom discover that Daisy and Gatsby are having a romantic relationship?

A. Daisy confesses everything.
B. Nick accidentally tells Tom on the phone.
C. He sees how they talk to one another.
D. He receives an anonymous letter, but the reader knows it was sent by Gatsby.

26) Who sits up all night with George Wilson after the death of Myrtle?

A. Nick
B. Daisy
C. Michaelis
D. Trick question! Everyone abandons him.

27) Who kills Jay Gatsby?

A. Daisy
B. Nick
C. Gatsby (himself)
D. George Wilson

28) Nick is surprised in the final chapter when _____________________ comes to West Egg.

A. His own mother
B. His fiancée
C. Gatsby’s father
D. Dan Cody

29) What does Nick say to Gatsby the last time that they are together?

A. “You have doomed yourself — and us all.”
B. “You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
C. “I had supposed that the music would never stop.”
D. “I think you should choose the title.”

30) Why does Nick face difficulty in organizing Gatsby’s funeral?

A. The police cannot find the body.
B. People refuse to attend.
C. He cannot seem to think straight.
D. Trick question! Daisy organizes it.

31) How does Daisy react when she first sees Gatsby’s dead body?

A. She acts like she never knew him.
B. She becomes hysterically sad.
C. She insults and abuses the remains.
D. Trick question! She never sees the body.

32) How did George Wilson figure out who owned the “death car?”

A. A witness wrote down the license plate.
B. Tom Buchanan told him.
C. He saw the car in a newspaper photo.
D. He visited every address in his wife’s secret notebook.

33) At the end, Nick makes it clear that…

A. He can never return to California.
B. The Pretty Good Gatsby is a lousy title.
C. Baking potatoes are not just for baking.
D. Daisy and Tom are scum.


34) The period in which The Great Gatsby takes place is known as…

A. The Roaring Thirties.
B. The Information Age.
C. The Jazz Age.
D. The Atomic Age.

35) Which of these topics is NOT an aspect of the novel’s historical context?

A. Preparation for WWI
B. Prohibition era (alcohol made illegal)
C. The Women’s Movement
D. Urbanization (growing cities)

36) At the time of the novel’s publication, the women who defied many traditional social expectations were known as…

A. Charlestons.
B. Josephines.
C. Flappers.
D. Gal Fridays.

37) Which of the following does NOT describe the narration of The Great Gatsby?

A. Past tense
B. Unreliable narrator
C. Omniscient point of view
D. First person perspective

38) The narration in Chapter 4 informs us that many of Gatsby’s guests will come to bad ends. What is the main point of this inclusion?

A. Characterization
B. Foreshadowing
C. Developing Gatsby’s motivation
D. Personification

39) Which literary element or device does the following excerpt best demonstrate?

If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away.

A. Ironic tone
B. Figurative language
C. Internal conflict
D. Imagery

40) What is the main role of the minor character known as Owl Eyes?

A. He symbolizes evil intent.
B. He predicts the tragic outcome.
C. He points out the truth about Gatsby.
D. He develops the theme on obsession.

41) What aspect of Fitzgerald’s style does the following excerpt best demonstrate?

Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.

A. External conflict
B. Second person narration
C. Authorial intrusion
D. Steam of consciousness narration

42) Which literary element or device does the following excerpt best demonstrate?

Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward. Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body…

A. Characterization
B. Symbolism
C. Metaphor
D. Suspense (effects of structure)

43) We know from Fitzgerald’s personal letters that aspects of the novel were inspired by…

A. A painting called “Celestial Eyes.”
B. An opera called The Pirates of Penzance.
C. The life of actor Jack Dempsey.
D. Mark Twain’s story “Benjamin Button.”

44) Which is NOT reflected by the excerpt?

… Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.

A. Figurative language
B. Imagery
C. Flashback
D. Dialect

45) Which theme subject do Nick and Gatsby discuss explicitly (directly) in the novel?

A. The responsibilities of being wealthy
B. Trying to recapture the past
C. Learning to trust a lover
D. Justifications for committing murder

46) Which choice accurately describes the dialogue in The Great Gatsby?

A. It is generally direct and sincere.
B. It usually contains subtext and irony.
C. Each character uses a unique accent.
D. Narration in disjointed monologues

47) Which statement about the historical context of the novel is NOT true?

A. Technology and appliances became more common in more households.
B. Women returned to traditional roles and norms as the economy improved.
C. Prohibition of alcohol led to an increase in organized crime (mobsters).
D. Authors and artists reflected an increased negativity and cynicism.

48) What makes Nick an unreliable narrator?

A. He takes no responsibility for the murder.
B. He tells you from the start that he may have made up the entire story.
C. The event happened long ago; his memory may be playing tricks on him.
D. He is biased (unfair) in favor of some characters and against others.

49) The point of view of the narrative changes profoundly when…

A. Owl Eyes becomes the narrator.
B. Gatsby becomes the narrator.
C. The narration switches to present tense.
D. Trick question! It does not change.

50) Which is LEAST reflected in the excerpt?

Thirty—the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair. But there was Jordan beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age. As we passed over the dark bridge her wan face fell lazily against my coat’s shoulder and the formidable stroke of thirty died away with the reassuring pressure of her hand.

So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.

A. Foreshadowing
B. Tone (of the narrator)
C. Direct characterization
D. Symbolism

51) According to the narrator, what makes Gatsby so great?

A. His ability to win the total trust of others.
B. His dance moves.
C. His imagining of life’s possibilities.
D. Nothing. He is being sarcastic.

52) Fitzgerald positions Tom and Gatsby to highlight their differences. This makes them…

A. Socially awkward.
B. Structural devices.
C. Foil characters.
D. Landmark points of view.

53) Which choice is the best example of a dynamic character?

A. Tom
B. Daisy
C. Nick
D. Gatsby

54) Which is LEAST reflected in the excerpt?

“I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God. I took her to the window—” With an effort he got up and walked to the rear window and leaned with his face pressed against it, “—and I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me but you can’t fool God!’”

Standing behind him Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg which had just emerged pale and enormous from the dissolving night.

A. Inciting incident
B. Symbolism
C. Theme development
D. Dialogue

55) According to the excerpt that follows, what is NOT true about the green light?

… to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

A. Everyone has their own green light.
B. It represents Gatsby’s perfect life.
C. It represents Gatsby’s past with Daisy.
D. One can only attain it by looking forward.

56) Which character’s name can be translated as meaning ‘fairy flower?’

A. Meyer Wolfsheim
B. Tom Buchanan
C. Daisy Fay
D. Nick Carraway

57) Which of the following choices is NOT a motif in the novel?

A. Bad driving
B. Flowers
C. Horses / riding
D. Weather

58) Which choice accurately describes the overall structure of The Great Gatsby?

A. The story proceeds chronologically with occasional flashbacks and prolepses.
B. Each chapter gives one character’s point of view on the same tragic event.
C. The tale is framed as recorded notes from Nick’s psychiatrist.
D. The book begins in the present tense and then reverts to the past tense.

59) The symbol of Jay Gatsby’s car helps to develop the theme that…

A. Reality cannot compare to our dreams.
B. Entitled people are callous (uncaring).
C. Being rich can be a curse.
D. It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

60) Owl Eyes refers to Gatsby as “a regular Belasco.” This is detail is an example of a/an…

A. Framing device.
B. Symbol
C. Foil character.
D. Allusion.

61) The following excerpt is an example of…

The touch of a cluster of leaves revolved it [Gatsby’s dead body] slowly, tracing, like the leg of compass, a thin red circle in the water.”

A. Personification.
B. Hyperbole.
C. Denouement.
D. Simile.

62) Which theme subject gets the LEAST attention in The Great Gatsby?

A. Parenting
B. Carelessness
C. Obsession
D. Social class

63) Which of the following is NOT an accurate theme from The Great Gatsby?

A. People can be careless and cruel.
B. You can never recapture the past.
C. True love conquers all obstacles.
D. Most friendships are shallow charades.

64) We know that Daisy will stay with Tom, but Gatsby does not. This is an example of…

A. Parallel construction
B. Dramatic irony
C. Allegory
D. Figurative language

65) Which is NOT an accurate description of Fitzgerald’s overall language style?

A. Dynamic (moving / changing) and poetic
B. Sparse (simplified) and direct
C. Intricate (detailed) and ornate
D. Illogical and fragmented


66) Literature experts view The Great Gatsby as representing a specific literary movement.
Identify the movement and explain the aspects of the novel that correspond to the movement. Circle ONE:

67) Explain the excerpt that follows in terms of theme development.

And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms further… And one fine morning—

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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What are the 5 themes of The Great Gatsby? ›

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald offers up commentary on a variety of themes -- justice, power, greed, betrayal, the American dream, and so on. Of all the themes, perhaps none is more well developed than that of social stratification.

What is the main message of The Great Gatsby? ›

The moral of The Great Gatsby is that the American Dream is ultimately unattainable. Jay Gatsby had attained great wealth and status as a socialite; however, Gatsby's dream was to have a future with his one true love, Daisy.

What does the green light symbolize in The Great Gatsby? ›

Nick first sees Gatsby stretching his arms towards a green light at the end of Daisy's dock. Here, the green light is a symbol of hope.

What are 3 words to describe Nick in The Great Gatsby? ›

Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick often serves as a confidant for those with troubling secrets.

What does Daisy symbolize in The Great Gatsby? ›

Daisy Buchannan is made to represent the lack of virtue and morality that was present during the 1920s. She is the absolute center of Gatsby's world right up to his death, but she is shown to be uncaring and fickle throughout the novel.

What does Jay Gatsby symbolize? ›

Gatsby is a clear embodiment of the American Dream: he was born poor and rose to achieve a higher wealth and social status. Nick explains, “[Gatsby's] parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people…

What does Tom symbolize in The Great Gatsby? ›

Tom is a character with few redeeming qualities. He represents the worst aspects of the super-rich in American society whose money insulates them from the normal constraints of law or morality. Nick describes them as: careless people – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money.

What does the last line of The Great Gatsby mean? ›

In this way, the last line is simply saying that through our continuing efforts to move forward through new obstacles, we will be constantly reminded and confronted with our past because we can't help but repeat our own history, both individually and collectively.

What is the last line of The Great Gatsby? ›

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

What does East Egg symbolize? ›

East Egg is not only symbolic of separating old money from new money, but it is also symbolic of the relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. Jay Gatsby met and fell in love with Daisy during the middle of World War I. After Gatsby had been sent to war, a mystery loomed as to whether or not he survived.

Why does Daisy cry about the shirts? ›

Daisy cries because she has never seen such beautiful shirts, and their appearance makes her emotional. The scene solidifies her character and her treatment of Gatsby. She is vain and self-serving, only concerned with material goods.

What do the eyes of TJ eckleburg symbolize? ›

George seems to conflate the eyes of T.J. Eckleburg with his idea of an ever-present, all-seeing God. He reveals to Michaelis that part of his reaction to Myrtle's affair was to try to make her be afraid of a God who is watching her every move like the billboard does.

What are 3 words to describe Daisy in The Great Gatsby? ›

She is beautiful and charming, but also fickle, shallow, bored, and sardonic.

What are the two most important turning points in Great Gatsby? ›

Climax There are two possible climaxes: Gatsby's reunion with Daisy in Chapters 5–6; the confrontation between Gatsby and Tom in the Plaza Hotel in Chapter 7.

What are the 4 elements of Great Gatsby? ›

The novel employs four settings, each one directly corresponding to a particular element: East Egg--air, the valley of ashes--earth, West Egg--water, and New York City--fire. Most of the characters in the novel are directly related to the symbolic qualities of three of the elements, air, earth, and water.

What does Nick Carraway stand for? ›

Characters Nick Carraway Character Analysis. If Gatsby represents one part of Fitzgerald's personality, the flashy celebrity who pursued and glorified wealth in order to impress the woman he loved, then Nick represents another part: the quiet, reflective Midwesterner adrift in the lurid East.

What are 3 quotes from Nick Carraway? ›

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” “I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.” “Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.” “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

What does Tom's behavior reveal about his character? ›

7) What does Tom's behavior reveal about his character? Tom's behavior reveals that he is a racist, abusive, and arrogant person; he thinks that he can take advantage of and bully others because of his wealth and intimidating size. well, it's a fine book, and everybody ought to read it.

How is Daisy's daughter a symbol? ›

Representation. Pammy most likely represents a younger version of Daisy. Daisy wishes that her baby girl will be a fool like her so she ends up married and well off with a rich man. She also wants her daughter to be a fool so she is protected.

Why is Daisy's daughter a symbol? ›

Why is Daisy's daughter a symbol? She is a symbol of time passing and things changing. What is the Vally of Ashes?

Did Daisy ever love Gatsby? ›

Although Daisy may have loved Gatsby once, she does not love him more than the wealth, status, and freedom that she has with Tom.

What is Gatsby's tragic flaw? ›

Gatsby's tragic flaw is his inability to wake up from his dream of the past and accept reality. His obsession with recapturing his past relationship with Daisy compels him to a life of crime and deceit.

What is the most famous symbol in The Great Gatsby? ›

Gatsby's dream, personified in the green light, is the primary symbol of the novel and ties into Fitzgerald's overwhelming critique of the American Dream throughout the novel.

Why did Gatsby drink so little? ›

Despite his idolizing of Dan Cody, Gatsby learns from his mentor's alcoholism to stay away from drinking – this is why, to this day, he doesn't participate in his own parties. For him, alcohol is a tool for making money and displaying his wealth and standing.

What was ironic about Gatsby funeral? ›

Gatsby's funeral is ironic because only three people attend, while enormous crowds attended his parties. Despite being a popular figure in the social scene, once Gatsby passes, neither Daisy, his business partner Henry Wolfsheim, nor any of his partygoers seem to remember him or care.

WHO calls Gatsby before he died? ›

Gatsby's Death and Funeral

In both book and movie, Gatsby is waiting for a phone call from Daisy, but in the film, Nick calls, and Gatsby gets out of the pool when he hears the phone ring. He's then shot, and he dies believing that Daisy was going to ditch Tom and go way with him.

Why does Nick finally shake hands with Tom? ›

When Nick leaves, he shakes Tom's hand because he "felt suddenly as though [he] were talking to a child." The time comes for Nick to leave West Egg and return West. On the last night, he wanders over to Gatsby's for one last visit.

What does Nick say to Gatsby at the end? ›

He says that Gatsby deserved to die. Nick comes to the conclusion that Tom and Daisy are careless and uncaring people and that they destroy people and things, knowing that their money will shield them from ever having to face any negative consequences.

Why did Nick take care of Gatsby's funeral? ›

Nick took care of Gatsby's funeral because he was his only close friend and the only person who really cared about him. Nobody else showed any interest in Gatsby after his death.

What is Nick's final message to Gatsby? ›

Nick's observation in the final line is a reflection on how, no matter how much wealth or success we may accumulate, we'll always chase after more in our futile efforts to “have it all.”

Why was Gatsby killed in the end? ›

The most famous murder in American literature is that of the titular hero in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, published in 1925. Jay Gatsby is shot to death in the swimming pool of his mansion by George Wilson, a gas-station owner who believes Gatsby to be the hit-and-run driver who killed his wife, Myrtle.

Why is the ending of The Great Gatsby ironic? ›

What is ironic about Gatsby's death? Gatsby's death is a moment of irony because he is still waiting for Daisy to call him so they can be together, but he does not realize that Daisy and her husband have already reconciled with one another.

Is Nick in love with Gatsby? ›

Scott Fitzgerald, was set in an urban environment in 1920s. It follows the main character, Nick Carraway and the experiences he had with a man named Gatsby. There is a mountain of evidence throughout this book that supports the idea that Nick does not just like Gatsby, but in fact is in love with him.

What is the most important chapter in The Great Gatsby? ›

Chapter 7 marks the climax of The Great Gatsby. Twice as long as every other chapter, it first ratchets up the tension of the Gatsby-Daisy-Tom triangle to a breaking point in a claustrophobic scene at the Plaza Hotel, and then ends with the grizzly gut punch of Myrtle's death.

Why is it important to teach The Great Gatsby? ›

“It captured the ideas of the [1920s] well, such as the themes around identity and materialism.” As American Studies combines both AP English Language and AP US History, reading Gatsby is intended to introduce students to both the history of the time as well as critiquing its values through the lenses of literature.

What does The Great Gatsby teach us about the 1920s? ›

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald exposed the excesses of the 1920s—a prosperous age in which many Americans came to enjoy the blessings of consumerism and excess, only to see it all crash around them with the Great Depression that arrived in 1929.

Why does Fitzgerald call them eggs? ›

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby," uses the fictional locations of West Egg, East Egg, and the Valley of Ashes to represent some of New York's historical class disparities. West Egg is home to the nouveau riche, or "New Money." East Egg residents come from generations of familial wealth.

What does Gatsby's yellow car symbolize? ›

Gatsby's yellow Rolls Royce represents corruption and deceit. Gatsby buys this car to promote his wealthy facade to others, while this very car is also used by Daisy to run over and kill Myrtle.

Why is Nick in West Egg? ›

Nick served in World War I in the Third Division, or Third Infantry Division. At a young age his father advised him to reserve all judgements on people. After the war he moved from the Midwest to West Egg, a wealthy enclave of Long Island, to learn about the bond business.

What does Daisy's voice symbolize? ›

"Her voice is full of money," he said suddenly. Gatsby explicitly ties Daisy and her magnetic voice to wealth. This particular line is really crucial, since it ties Gatsby's love for Daisy to his pursuit of wealth and status. It also allows Daisy herself to become a stand-in for the idea of the American Dream.

Why didn t Daisy marry Gatsby? ›

Daisy is the wife of a man named Tom. In the book, Daisy was Gatsby's lover before he left for war. After Gatsby goes to war, Daisy was not able to wait for him, so she married Tom.

Why does Daisy wear so much white? ›

White represents the immaculate and pure beauty. It symbolizes nobleness and purity. It is Daisy's color in the novel. She wears white dress when she meets Gatsby for the first time as well as when Nick visits her in the East Egg.

What are 3 symbols in The Great Gatsby? ›

The West Egg represents Gatsby who has new money, The East Egg represents the Buchanans who inherited their money and The Valley of Ashes represents the plight of poor people like George Wilson.

What does the puppy symbolize in The Great Gatsby? ›

Fitzgerald clearly used the puppy to symbolize that America was losing touch of what is truly important. We aren't sure what became of poor Fido, since Tom and the others forsook their values by the end of the novel.

What compliment does Nick give Gatsby? ›

You're worth the whole damn bunch put together.” I've always been glad I said that. It was the only compliment I ever gave him, because I disapproved of him from beginning to end.” Nick addresses these words to Gatsby the last time he sees his neighbor alive, in Chapter 8.

What are some good questions to ask about The Great Gatsby Chapter 3? ›

  • Why does Gatsby throw huge, expensive parties for people he does not even know? ...
  • Describe the two ways in which Nick differs from the other guests at the party? ...
  • What does the owl-eyed man find extraordinary about the books in Gatsby's library? ...
  • Why does the owl-eyed man describe Gatsby as a real Belasco?

What are some good questions to ask about The Great Gatsby Chapter 2? ›

  • How does Nick meet Tom's mistress? ...
  • How does Myrtle react to Tom's arrival? ...
  • Describe George Wilson. ...
  • How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? ...
  • Why, according to Catherine, has Tom not left Daisy to marry Myrtle? ...
  • Why did Tom break Myrtle's nose?

What are two topics addressed in The Great Gatsby? ›

The Great Gatsby, by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a novel set on Long Island in the 1920s that uses its characters to explore themes of materialism and the American Dream.

What are at least 3 details about Gatsby's party? ›

Gatsby's party is almost unbelievably luxurious: guests marvel over his Rolls-Royce, his swimming pool, his beach, crates of fresh oranges and lemons, buffet tents in the gardens overflowing with a feast, and a live orchestra playing under the stars.

What are 3 different rumors about Gatsby's life in Chapter 3? ›

The main topic of conversation is rumors about Gatsby. Nick hears from various people that Gatsby is a German spy, an Oxford graduate, and someone even claims Gatsby once killed a man.

What are at least three 3 things Gatsby tells Nick about himself? ›

Gatsby tells Nick an origin story: he's the son of wealthy now-dead Midwesterners, he went to Oxford, and then he fought bravely in WWI. Not only that, but he has a medal and a photograph to prove it!

What mistake does Nick make in Chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby? ›

Nick mistakes Gatsby for another guest, telling the stranger that “this man Gatsby sent over his chauffeur with an invitation,” but that he “hasn't even seen the host” yet.

What are some questions for chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby? ›

Chapter 5 Quiz
  • 1 of 5. Why is Gatsby nervous when he meets Nick outside his house? ...
  • 2 of 5. What happens before Gatsby meets Daisy that makes him so anxious? ...
  • 3 of 5. How does Nick feel about Gatsby's offer to compensate him for his help by hiring him? ...
  • 4 of 5. What does Gatsby show Daisy that makes her cry? ...
  • 5 of 5.

What are some good questions about The Great Gatsby chapter 7? ›

Chapter 7 Quiz
  • 1 of 5. Why does Gatsby stop throwing parties? He runs out of money. ...
  • 2 of 5. Why does Wilson want to move out West? ...
  • 3 of 5. What does Tom make fun of Gatsby for? ...
  • 4 of 5. Why does Tom let Gatsby and Daisy drive home together? ...
  • 5 of 5. What are Daisy and Tom doing when Nick checks in on them after the accident?

What are the controversial topics in The Great Gatsby? ›

The Great Gatsby was challenged and banned for a few reasons: sex, violence, adultery, and language. The affair between Daisy and Gatsby along with Nick's language regarding Jordan Baker make up most of the sex and adultery reasoning behind the challenging and banning of the book.

What are two conflicts in The Great Gatsby? ›

The first conflict rises between Tom and Daisy as Tom Buchanan openly has an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Later, Daisy Buchanan has an affair with Jay Gatsby. In the climax of the story, Myrtle dies and George Wilson avenges Myrtle's death by murdering Gatsby.

What is the major conflict between Gatsby and Tom? ›

In The Great Gatsby, the only point of conflict between Jay and Tom is no other than Daisy Buchanan. The only reason why the confrontation between them takes place is because Tom is Daisy's husband and sees Jay as a threat, because he knows that Gatsby is in love with her and wants her back.

What does Gatsby call Nick? ›

Old sport” in Gatsby is thus peculiar to Jay Gatsby. The person to whom Gatsby uses it most often (34 times out of 42) is Nick Carraway. Gatsby uses “old sport” as “a familiar term of address” in, for example, Chapter 3.

What are the 4 phrases that describe Gatsby's party? ›

He describes the atmosphere of Gatsby's parties as elegant, extravagant, wild, and opulent.

What are 3 rumors that are circulating the party about Gatsby? ›

The rumors include that he is a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm, he went to Oxford, he killed a man, and that he is a German spy. These rumors hang over Gatsby's head throughout almost the entire novel and create a very strange aura around his character.


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