The Great Gatsby: Chapter 7

What concerns Nick about Gatsby house? What did Nick assume was wrong? Gatsby hadn’t hosted party one Saturday night; that Gatsby was sick
What other strange thing does Gatsby do? What is his explanation? He fires all his servants and hires new ones, who don’t do a great job; it is a favor for Wolfsheim
What is noticeable about the day that Daisy has everyone over to her house? It is extremely hot
How is the behavior of the characters linked to the hottest day of the summer? Well it’s really hot and the heat makes the characters uncomfortable and more irritable, so it’s really tense between Tom, Gatsby, and Daisy.
Who is on the phone with Tom when Nick arrives to their house? Myrtle
Who visits the group in the living room while Tom is getting drinks? Daisy’s daughter
What color is everyone wearing? White
Who does Daisy’s daughter look like? Daisy
What does Gatsby understand about Daisy’s voice that Nick does not? He understand that her voice is full of money; it’s part of her East Egg spacey aura.
What does Daisy suggest they do after they eat lunch? That they all go into town
When does Tom realize that Gatsby and Daisy are in love? Daisy tells Gatsby that he always looks cool
Who drives in each car into town? Tom drives Gatsby’s car with Nick and Jordan and Gatsby drives Tom’s coupe with Daisy
What kind of suit does Gatsby wear? A pink suit
What had Tom discovered about Gatsby? That Gatsby never went to Oxford, unless it was Oxford, New Mexico
Where do Tom, Nick and Jordan stop for gas? Wilson’s garage
What is wrong with Wilson? Why does he need money all of the sudden? Wilson is sick; he and his wife want to move out West (he is suspecting his wife of having an affair but he doesn’t think that it’s Tom)
Who is Myrtle jealous of? Jordan (she mistakes her for Tom’s wife)
Besides Myrtle’s what other eyes “kept their vigil”? Doctor T.J. Eckleburg’s eyes
What do they all do once they get to town? The head over to the Plaza hotel and Daisy suggests that they hire five bathrooms to take cold baths, or at least a place to have a mint julep, and while everyone things that it is a “crazy idea”, they end up renting a room anyway
What is happening in the ballroom a floor below the room? a wedding
Who was the uninvited guest that Daisy and Tom had at their wedding and who fainted? Biloxi
What does Tom first question Gatsby about while they are fixing mint juleps? What is his second question? He confronts Gatsby about not being an Oxford man; he asks what Gatsby means by causing trouble in his house
As always, there is a grain of truth in what Gatsby says. In what sense is he an Oxford man? He went to Oxford for 5 months because when he was in the military the officers were given the opportunity to go to any university in England or France.
What does Gatsby say in retaliation to Tom’s confrontation? That Daisy never loved Tom and that she always loved Gatsby- then continues to spill everything about Daisy and his relationship
What does Daisy confess? How does she take back what she said? That she never loved Tom; then she says that she loved both of them a different times
Why is it important to Gatsby that Daisy say she never loved Tom, only him? Because Gatsby wants to erase the past and pretend Daisy never wanted Tom so they can get married and move on.
What other discover does Tom say that he made about Gatsby relations with Woflsheim? That their drug stores sold grain alcohol over the counter (that Gatsby was a bootlegger)
What is Daisy’s reaction to this news? She stares terrified between Gatsby and her husband and she starts to withdraw into herself. She’s never seen this side of Gatsby before and it scares her.
Does Gatsby attempt to defend his name to Daisy do any good? No
Who leaves early in Gatsby’s car? Daisy and Gatsby
What odd realization does Nick make after Daisy and Gatsby leave? that it was his birthday; he has turned 30
How does Fitzgerald prepare the reader for what is about to happen? What words are used? What figure of speech is employed? He is very subtle about it but he drops references about death in the chapter. When they leave the hotel to go home he says “the couple left like ghosts” and Nick says “we drove on towards death,” “isolated like ghosts,” “the formidable stroke of thirty died away.”
Who visits Wilson in his garage to check on him? What is the racket upstairs? Michaelis; Wilson has Myrtle locked upstairs
What happens to Myrtle after she makes it downstairs and argues with Wilson? She walks out into the street and is hit with a car, the car didn’t even stop
What type of car does Wilson say hit his wife? the car that Tom had been driving early, Gatsby’s car
Why does Tom make the point to Wilson that he just drove the coupe from New York and the yellow car is not his? Because he’s afraid that Wilson will remember that Tom was in the yellow car earlier and think that he killed Myrtle. He wants to make sure Wilson doesn’t suspect him or think he did it.
What indication is there that Tom really is fond of Myrtle? He cries over her death.
Why does Nick not wait for the taxi inside the Buchanan’s house? Because he’s sick and tired of all of them. He’s had enough of their drama. He’s disgusted with all of them, even Jordan.
What was Gatsby doing hiding in the bushes? He was waiting for Daisy to turn the light off in her room, their signal that she was asleep and safe.
Who was driving Gatsby’s car when it hit Myrtle? Daisy- but Gatsby says that he will cover for her
What is the scene that Nick observes taking place between Tom and Daisy in the kitchen? They’re sitting opposite each other and Tom has his hand over hers. He is talking very intently with Daisy nodding. They aren’t happy or unhappy. It seems like they’re very close almost plotting, trying to set their story straight.
Why does this scene suggest ill for Gatsby? Tom and Daisy are getting closer, and the closer they get the more Gatsby gets bumped out of the picture.

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