The Great Gatsby Chapter 2 Reading Questions

How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress? Tom and Nick took a train to New York and it stopped near Toms’ mistress’ husband’s shop
How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival? Myrtle ignores her husband and walks straight to Tom
Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival? George Wilson is blond, spiritless, anaemic and faintly handsome. He is excited to see Tom to fix his car because he needs the money
How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? As the party progresses, Myrtle becomes more outspoken
Why, according to Catherine, has Tom not left Daisy to marry Myrtle? Tom hasn’t left Daisy to marry Myrtle because Daisy us Catholic and doesn’t believe in divorces
Why did Tom break Myrtle’s nose? How is this consistent with the author’s description of him in Chapter 1? Judging by his treatment of Myrtle and his wife Daisy, what seems to be Tom’s attitude towards women? Tom broke Myrtle’s nose because she kept saying Daisy’s name. This shows that Tom is abusive towards women
What and where is the ” valley of ashes.” What does it look like and what does it represent? The “Valley of Ashes” is a huge trash dump. It represents the rotting American dream
Describe Mr. Wilson and Myrtle. Do they seem to fit into the setting? Mr. Wilson and Myrtle are a poor couple. They do not fit into the setting
What is the relationship between Myrtle and Tom Buchanan? They are having an affair with each other
Does Nick feel comfortable at the party in the apartment? No, Nick does not feel comfortable at the party in the apartment
How does Myrtle’s nose end up broken? Myrtle’s nose ended up broken because Tom hit her
What more have you learned about Nick in this chapter? Is he similar or different than the people he spends time with? Nick is very different and more of an observer
According to Catherine, Myrtle’s sister, why doesn’t Tom and Daisy get a divorce? Is this the truth? If not how or why did this rumor start? Tom and Daisy cannot divorce because it goes against her beliefs. This is false because she isn’t really Catholic. She probably made it up so he can’t leave her

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