Module 5 - The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Module 6 Course Content - The Great Gatsby
Activity - The Great Gatsby Treasure Hunt
Activity - The Roaring Twenties
Resource - Discovery Education Videos
SAT Vocabulary - The Great Gatsby
Resource - Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle
Resource - The Great Gatsby Study Guide
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The Great Gatsby Study Guide
Chapter 1 and 2
1. In the beginning of the novel, the narrator gives several dates to place the story in time. When did he graduate from college? ________________ When did he come to West Egg? _________________
2. Where are the twin villages of East Egg and West Egg located?
3. Nick’s story begins when he drives to East Egg one night to have dinner with three people. Who are these people, and what relationships does he have to each?
4. What are Tom Buchanan’s two claims to fame in college?
5. After telling us about Tom’s college career, Nick describes his personality. List at least three adjectives that show what he thinks of Tom.
6. Besides her personal beauty, what is it about Daisy that most attracts attention?
7. What private information about Tom does Jordan Baker reveal to Nick during dinner?
8. Whom does Nick see on the darkened lawn when he gets home at the end of chapter 1, and what is that person doing?
9. Chapter 2 describes a desolate area of land that Nick calls “a valley of ashes,” located on the road halfway between East Egg and New York City. What is painted on a large billboard
Chapter 3 and 4:
10. List 3 examples of Gatsby’s elaborate, expensive preparations for the party described in chapter 3.
11. What fact makes Nick unusual among the many guests at the party?
12. Looking for Gatsby, Nick and Jordan encounter a drunken man in the library. What has this man just discovered about the books?
13. To Nick’s astonishment, the man who shares wartime memories with him and invites him
to fly a hydroplane turns out to be__________________________________________.
14. Later in the party Gatsby’s butler appears at Jordan Baker’s elbow. What surprising message does he bring?
15. At the beginning of chapter 4, Nick mentions three rumors about the mysterious Gatsby that his guests have passed around at the parties. What are they?
16. Driving into the city, Gatsby tells Nick about himself. Where does he claim to have gotten his money? Where does he claim to have been educated?
17. Whom does Nick meet at lunch with Gatsby? What remarkable fact does Nick learn about this man afterward?
18. Later that afternoon Jordan tells Nick how Daisy came to marry Tom. Whom did Jordan see sitting in a car with Daisy in October 1917? In what way did Daisy show her reluctance to marry Tom?
19. What favor does Gatsby want from Nick?
Chapter 5 and 6:
20. Why does Nick reject Gatsby’s offer of business?
21. What is significant about Nick’s embarrassment during the tea, and the fact that he leaves and walks around the house?
22. Does Gatsby really believe, as he tells Daisy, that his house is always full of interesting people?
23. Why does Fitzgerald reveal the truth about Gatsby’s background at this particular point in the novel?
24. What parallel is suggested by the fact that Gatsby never gets the inheritance bequeathed to him by Cody?
25. Compare the attitudes of Gatsby and the visiting trio which includes Tom Buchanan.
26. How does Tom sense immediately that Gatsby is a bootlegger?
27. What finality does he create when he first kisses Daisy?
28. At the beginning of chapter 7, Nick finds that Gatsby has replaced all his servants. What is Gatsby’s explanation for his action?
29. After the lunch Tom Buchanan sees the astonishment that his wife is in love with Gatsby because of something she says in a certain way. Quote the words by which Tom realizes Daisy loves Gatsby.
30. What has Wilson recently discovered about his wife, Myrtle? Who is watching from the upstairs window?
31. At the Plaza Hotel the quarrel between Gatsby and Tom come out in the open. How does Gatsby describe Daisy’s feelings for Tom?
Chapter 8 and 9:
32. Who watches all night outside Daisy’s house? What time does this person come home?
33. Before leaving to go to work, Nick shouts to Gatsby, “They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.” To what bunch is he referring?
34. Whose body is found “a little ways off in the grass”? How does this person probably die?
35. “They were careless people…they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast careless, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…” Who are “they”? Which “other people” or person cleans up their mess?
Resource - Gatsby Self-Assessment
Resource - Gatsby Self-Assessment
Resource - Literary Terms to Know in The Great Gatsby
*Be sure to know the following literary terms and their definitions for our unit test!
The following literary terms are all defined for you within your Course Content pages. Simply scroll over each word when you view then on the page, and the definition will appear.
All literary terms are in bold, some black, and some in blue:
- plot structure
Also make sure you are familiar with the following terms:
- old money
- new money - a.k.a "nouveau riche"
- symbolism - there are multiple symbols throughout the novel, such as the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg - even some of the quotes, themselves, are symbolic of a larger idea, such as the last sentence of the novel.
About these symbols:
Be sure to fully understand their underlying meaning / subtext - it will greatly enhance your comprehension, as well as your appreciation, of this important American novel.
The Martin Scorsese film is fairly fabulous, too.
Discussion Post - Gatsby Reflection
Self-Assessment - Gatsby, Chapters 7-9
Fitzgerald's Short Story, "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," Appears in the May 1, 1920 Issue
This marks the first time his name appears on the cover.
check out his headstone - it's the last line from the great gatsby.
Now there's some serious symbolism.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is related to Francis Scott Key, author of the lyrics of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
See Biography.com link, below, for further biographical info: