Great Gatsby Study Guide Questions

When was The Great Gatsby published? 1925
How does the narrator describe Gatsby? gorgeous, heightened sensitivity, dreamer, hopeful, a romantic
From where did the narrator come and why? Middle Western City; claims he descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch
Describe the narrator’s house. Weather-beatened cardboard, bungalow at $80/month
Describe the Buchanans’ house. Elaborate, cheerful, giant, the lawn was very long, French windows
How does Nick know Daisy and Tom? Daisy was his second-cousin, once removed and he knew Tom in college
Describe Tom. What is our impression of him in Chapter 1? Powerful, sturdy, arrogant, aggressive, cruel, gruff, harsh, defiant, and hulking
What kind of person is Daisy? Beautiful, alluring, elegant, breezy, lovely, bright, gay, ecstatic, girly, compulsive, helpless
What did Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom? Tom is having an affair with the woman in New York.
When asked about her daughter, what does Daisy say? “Talks and eats and everything”Wants her to be a beautiful little fool
How is Gatsby introduced in to the novel? He is content to be alone, trembling, had his arm stretched out towards the dark water in a curious way
What is the “valley of ashes”? Fantastic farm, where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills
What are the “eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg? A billboard ad for the doctorRepresents God’s eyes watching you
Who did Tom take Nick to meet? “His girl” – the girl he is having an affair with, Myrtle Wilson
George Wilson He was blonde, spiritless man, anemic, and faintly handsome, damp gleam of hope and light blue eyes
Myrtle Wilson She was in her middle 30’s, faintly stout, but carried her surplus flesh sensually. Immediate perceivable vitality about her
What did Mrs. Wilson buy while she was out with Tom and Nick? An Airedale dog
Where did they go? What was at I58th Street? Long white cake of apartment houses
Mr. & Mrs. McKee Mr. McKee was a pale, feminine man from the apartment below, respectful, photographerMrs. McKee was shrill, languid, handsome, horrible, prideful
Catherine Catherine was Myrtle’s sister, slender, worldly girl of 30, solid sticky bob of red hair, skin was milky white, badly plucked eyebrows
What does Catherine tell Nick about Gatsby? She had been to one of his parties and “People say he is the nephew o r cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm” so she is scared of him
What reason did Myrtle give for marrying George Wilson? Thought he was a gentleman but he disappointed her
What did Tom do to Myrtle when she mentioned Daisy’s name? He broke her nose with his open hand
Describe Gatsby’s wealth. List some of the things that represent wealth. The elaborate parties he would throw during the summer nights, expensive food, Rolls-Royce car, had 8 servants, enormous garden
What kinds of people come to Gatsby’s parties? Fancy parties and happy people, swimmers from the beach, New Yorkers
Why did Nick Carraway go to the party? He was invited
How does Nick meet Gatsby? He doesn’t initially know who he is, but Gatsby approaches him and talks about being in the war together
What are some of the stories about Gatsby? People thought he killed a man, German spy during the war
Is Gatsby a “phony”? Give data to support your answer. Yes. He claims to be an Oxford man, but no one believes itDim background
Describe Nick’s relationship with Jordan. Close friends
Who is Klipspringer? Lives in Gatsby’s house, even though Gatsby didn’t know it for a whileThey call him “the boarder”He plays the piano
What does Gatsby tell Nick about himself? He got an award from the war, military decoration from the Allied people
What does Jordan tell Nick about Daisy, Gatsby and Tom? Daisy met Gatsby as an officer, but her parents told her she couldn’t say good-by to him. She later got over it and got engaged to Tom. Before the wedding, Tom gave her a necklace, but she cried to one of her bridesmaid with pearls in one hand and Gatsby’s letter in the other.
Who is Mr. Wolfshiem? Very old friend of GatsbyIn a shady business; one of his friends were shotHe is a gambler, he was the man who fixed the World’s Series back in 1919
What does Mr. Wolfshiem tell Nick about Gatsby? Handsome to look at an a perfect gentlemanHe would never look at a friend’s wife
What “matter” did Gatsby have Jordan Baker discuss with Nick? He wants to know if Nick will invite Daisy to Nick’s house and let Gatsby join.
Describe the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy.Why was he so nervous? He has suppressed eagernessHe wants to have flowers and is nervous, almost tries to leaveWorried things will go wrongEmbarrassed
How long did it take Gatsby to make the money to buy the mansion? 3 years
Why did Gatsby want Daisy to see the house and his clothes? To show her that now he’s wealthy
What had the green light on the dock meant to Gatsby? It showed how close he was to her, because when he was an office he was seas away from her. Now he is across the bay from her
What had Gatsby turned Daisy into in his own mind? A perfect, flawless person that he’s dreamed about for 5 years
What is Gatsby’s real story? Where is he from, and what is his name? James Gatz, from a poor family in North Dakota that he left because he felt his future was so much above them.
What did Dan Cody do for Gatsby? He taught him how to act as a wealthy upper class person.
What is Daisy’s opinion of Gatsby’s party? How does this affect him? She doesn’t enjoy it as much as he wished. She didn’t like West Egg and the lifestyle because of the people at the party. He says he feels far away from her.
What does Gatsby want from Daisy? All he wanted was for her to tell Tom she didn’t love him.
What was Gatsby’s reaction to Daisy’s child? He is confused by it because it wasn’t part of his plan. He doesn’t know what to do with the child
What did Wilson do to Myrtle? Why? Locked her in her room because he found out she was having an affair
Why do the five drive into the city on such a hot afternoon? Daisy wanted to leave, She said she loved Gatsby, and Tom saw it wanted to leave.
What does Gatsby think about Daisy’s relationship with Tom? He thinks that she doesn’t really love him
What is Daisy’s reaction to both men? She wants them to stop fightingShe gives in to each of them at different points. She yells at Tom, but begs Gatsby
What happens on the way home from New York? Daisy and Gatsby leave together and Daisy hits and kills Myrtle in an accident
How does WILSON react to Myrtle’s death? Wants revenge, in the end kills Gatsby
How does TOM react to Myrtle’s death? He calls Gatsby a coward because he thinks it was Gatsby that killed Myrtle, and not Daisy
How does NICK react to Myrtle’s death? He is an outside person who looks at it and sees Daisy and Tom as careless
How does GATSBY react to Myrtle’s death? He hides the fact that Daisy is the one who killed her; he would say he did it if he was asked
What is the true relationship between Daisy and Tom? Daisy doesn’t tell Tom that she just killed a person; Tom doesn’t tell Daisy that the person he was having an affair with just died
What does Gatsby tell Nick about his past? Is it true? How much he loved Daisy. Before he was a jerk who used women, until he fell in love with her. Yes, it’s the truth about his past.
What does Michaelis believe caused Myrtle to run? She wanted to get away from her husband, rather than trying to stop any particular car.
Why did she run? She thinks it is Tom in the car and wants to stop the car and not Daisy and Gatsby
Why does Wilson believe that Gatsby killed Myrtle? It was his car who hit her, and Wilson doesn’t see anyone
What does Wilson do? He goes to the West Egg, and finds his way to Gatsby’s house and kills Gatsby
Why couldn’t Nick get anyone to come to Gatsby’s funeral? Nobody really knew him or cared about it. He was just the guy who threw parties and had a big house
Who is Henry C. Gatz? Gatsby’s father
What is the book Henry Gatz shows Nick? Why is it important to the novel? Hopalong CassidyOn the last page of the book there was a schedule of what his day would be like in the future. Gatsby was always striving for something, he wanted to improve his mind
What happens between Nick and Jordan Baker? Jordan calls him and is mad at him because he pushed her away. She sees through him in the end and sees how much of a biased person and liar he is.
What does Nick say about people like Daisy and Tom? They were careless people who messed everything up and retreated back to their money and leave others to clean it up.

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