The Great Gatsby Chapter 5 Study Guide

Why is Gatsby anxious to see Nick at the beginning of the chapter? Because he wants Nick to agree to his plan of inviting Daisy over for tea.
How and why does Gatsby offer to “help” Nick? Why does Nick say that “under different circumstances that conversation might have been one of the crises of my life”? Gatsby offers Nick a chance to make some money by joining him in some business he does on the side. Gatsby does this, because he is happy because Nick said yes to inviting Daisy and him over for tea. Because if he wasn’t helping Gatsby get Daisy (different circumstances) than he would have really thought about doing that job.
Why does Daisy say, “Who is Tom?” when Nick invites her to come to his house for tea? She was being sarcastic with him and she also pretended she didn’t know who he was.
How does Gatsby feel before his meeting with Daisy? Cite examples from the novel to support your answer. He is nervous. He buys a lot of flowers, he gets new grass put on Nick’s lawn, and he gets fidgety because he can’t wait on Daisy, so he says he’s going to leave when there is only 2 minutes before 4.
How did Daisy feel about seeing Gatsby? She was shocked and frightened; almost as if her emotions were getting the best of her.
Describe the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy. Why was he so nervous? At first it was really awkward and then they started talking and they got more comfortable with each other.
How long has it been since Daisy and Gatsby have seen each other? 5 years
How long did it take Gatsby to make the money to buy the mansion? 3 years
Why did Gatsby want Daisy and Nick to go to his house? To showoff everything he has to Daisy.
How, according to Nick, does Gatsby revalue “everything in his house”? He revalues it because how Daisy was surprised by how she was marveling at everything.
Consider the scene where Gatsby throws his shirt into a heap. Why did he do this? What is he trying to accomplish by this display? He did this to showoff to Daisy. He tried to accomplish letting Daisy know that he has the ability and connections to get her whatever she wants.
Nick says, “there must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of Gatsby’s dreams – not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.” What is Nick saying about Gatsby’s dreams in this passage? He dreamed that Daisy was going to be the best thing that ever happened to him and they were going to be perfect together. He thinks they will be perfect together and in all reality they won’t see eye to eye and everything won’t be smooth sailing if they do end up getting married, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a good marriage (if they do get married).
In chapter 5, Nick says he stared at Gatsby’s house “like Kant at his church steeple.” What does this allusion mean? Like he is conflicted with what he is looking at. He is kind of confused on what to think about Gatsby>

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