Gatsby

How does the narrator describe Gatsby? He says Gatsby had an extraordinary gift forhope, a romantic readiness such as he had neverfound in another person
From where did the narrator come and why? The narrator came from the Midwest to study the bond business
Describe the narrator’s house. The house is very average, middle-class. It is nothing extraordinary like his neighbors’ houses. It is small and sort-of stuck in between the mansions, as if it had been overlooked
Describe the Buchanans’ house. The Buchanans have a Colonial Georgianmansion. It is very formal and traditional.
How does Nick know Daisy and Tom? Dais is Nick’s cousin, and he knew Tom from his college at Yale
Describe Tom. What is our impression of him in Chapter 1? Tom has an athletic build and an arrogant attitude. He is an old-money snob.
What kind of person is Daisy? In this chapter, we see Daisy as a flighty socialite–very superficial.
What did Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom? She told him that Tom had a mistress. It is interesting to note that she thought “everyone” knew about Tom’s mistress, and yet she whispers a “family secret” about the butler’s nose.
How is Gatsby introduced into the novel? His name first comes up in conversation between Nick and Jordan. Later, Nick sees him out on the lawn with is arms reaching out to the water.
What is the valley of ashes? he valley of ashes is an industrial zone on the way to the city. It sharply contrasts with the wealthy neighborhoods of Gatsby and the Buchanans.
What are the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg? They are on a billboard, apparently close to George B. Wilson’s garage, near the valley of ashes
Who did Tom take Nick to meet? Tom took Nick to meet his mistress
Identify Myrtle and George Wilson. Myrtle Wilson was Tom’s mistress. George was her husband, who, we learn later, kills Gatsby and himself.
What did Mrs. Wilson buy while she was out with Tom and Nick She bought a dog.
Where did they go? What was at 158th street? They went to an apartment that Tom apparently kept for their meetings.
Identify Catherine and Mr. and Mrs. McKee. Catherine is Myrtle’s sister. Mr. and Mrs. McKee are both friends of Mrytle and Tom and they live downstairs at the apartment complex.
What does Mr. McKee tell Nick about Gatsby? She tells Nick that Gatsby is the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm, another rumor which adds to Gatsby’s mysteriousness.
What reason did Myrtle give for marrying George Wilson? She thought he was a gentleman, but she regretted marrying him when she found out he borrowed a suit from a friend to wear to the wedding.
What did Tom do to Myrtle when she mentioned Daisy’s name? Tom warned her to not say it again. After she failed to comply, he hit Myrtle in the face.
Which one of these does not represent Gatsby’s wealth? Gatsby’s wealth is “new” money; recently acquired, not old,family money. He is one of the newly rich in the post-war period of the twenties. He spends his money on flashy, extravagant things (a huge home, a fantastic car, and wild parties).
What kinds of people come to Gatsby’s parties? The newly-rich, famous, and their friends came to Gatsby’s parties.
Why did Nick Carraway go to the party? Nick went because Gatsby sent him a direct invitation, and he was curious about his neighbor
How does Nick meet Gastby? He casually starts a conversation and Nick doesn’t realize he is talking to Gatsby until Nick asks where Gatsby is
Describe Nick’s relationship with Jordan. ???
Who is Klipspringer? He is “the boarder,” someone who always seems to be at Gatsby’s house.
What does Gastby tell Nick about himself? Gatsby tells Nick that he was educated at Oxford, his family died, he came into some money, and when the war came, he got some medals. He showed Nick the medals and a picture of himself with his college mates
What “matter” did Gtasby have Jordan Baker discuss with Nick? Jordan discussed Nick’s arranging a luncheon meeting between himself and Daisy at Nick’s house.
Who is Mr. Wolfsheim? He is a business associate of Gatsby. Actually he is a racketeer and a very shady character. He fixed the World Series of 1919.
What does Mr. Wolfsheim tell Nick about Gatsby? He said that Gatsby was the kind of man you’d like to take home and introduce to your mother and your sister.
What does Jordan tell Nick about Daisy, Gatsby, and Tom? She tells him that Daisy and Gatsby had a romance. Rumor had it that she tried to seeGatsby off to war, but her family would not let her go. Soon after, she married Tom.They seemed to be happy and then Tom had a mistress.
Describe the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy. The meeting was, at first, very awkward. Gatsby was nervous because his dream was on the threshold of coming true (or not). After they had a chance to talk, they were more at ease, and we presume rekindled their romance.
How long did it take Gatsby to make the money to buy the mansion? Three years
How long did it take Gatsby to make the money to buy the mansion? Three years
What did Gatsby do to impress Daisy? He took Daisy to see the house and his clothes to show he could afford to take care of her.
What had the green light on the dock meant fo Daisy? It stood for his vision of his future with Daisy.
What does this line from the book mean? “The vitality of his illusion has gone behind Diasy – beyond everything.” It means that Gatsby’s memory of Daisy had become more grand than reality, and he became obsessed with her, living his life for the sole purpose of reuniting with her, all based on his trumped up memory of her from their youth.
What is Gatsby’s real name and where is he from? He is James Gatz from North Dakota.
What did Dan Cody do for Gatsby? Gatsby changed his name at age 17 when he met Dan Cody. Gatsby left to travel withCody, which he did until Cody died. He inherited a large sum of Cody’s money, but nevergot it because of legal technicalities. Cody educated Gatsby about money and the peoplewho have it.
What is Daisy’s opinion of Gatsby’s party and how does it affect him? Daisy does not like Gatsby’s party. It is too much like an amusement park. When Gatsby figures out what she thinks, it disheartens him.
What does Gatsby want from Daisy? He wants her to admit that she never loved Tom, that she always did and does still loveGatsby, and he wants her to leave Tom for him.
What was Gatsby’s reaction to Daisy’s child? He looks at her with surprise
What did Wilson do to Myrtle? Why? Wilson locked Myrtle in her room until they are able toget away from the area. He suspects she is having anaffair.
Why do the four drive into the city on such a hot afternoon? Daisy says, “It’s so hot and everything’s so confused.Let’s go to town.” She wants to change the subject andnot have a confrontation between Tom and Gatsby, butmore than that, the city represents a place where one canget away from personal problems by being swept away bythe busy, exciting city life.
What does Gatsby think about Daisy’s relationship with Tom? He truly believes that she never did love him
What is Daisy’s reaction to both men? She is obviously torn. She wants the escape that Gatsby provides, but she recognizes thata permanent relationship with him would not work. She needs Tom, who is just assuperficial and “careless” as she is. She also agrees with the one who bullies her themost, Tom.
What happens on the way home from New York? Gatsby and Daisy are driving home together in Gatsby’s car.Daisy is driving to help calm herself after the confrontationbetween the two men. At Wilson’s place, Myrtle runs out into theroad. Daisy runs into her with Gatsby’s car, sees that she hasbeen hit, but instead of stopping at the accident, continueshome.
Which of these statements about other characters’ reactions to Myrtle’s death is true? a. Wilson: feels guilty as though he is responsible for her having the affair (and therefore for her running out into the road to her new man)b. Tom: His first instinct is to protect himself by telling Wilson that the yellow car was not his. He orders people around at the scene (as usual). Then he cried on the way home.c. Nick: He felt sick and wanted to be left alone. He obviously felt bad about Myrtle and for George. He was worried about Gatsby and Daisy, and he was mad at Jordan for inviting him in to dinner.d. Gatsby: Gatsby’s main concern was for Daisy. He thought of little else and did not want to hear the details of the accident scene.
How are Daisy and Tom alike? Daisy and Tom are alike because they are both spoiled,narrow-minded and self-centered.
What does Gatsby tell Nick about his past? He says he met Daisy and fell in love with her. He pretended to be able to take care of her, but he couldn’t. She loved him, too, at that time. He went to war and then Oxford. Daisy wanted him to come home, but he couldn’t or wouldn’t. Daisy, under pressure to marry well, married Tom. yes, it is true in basic facts.
What does Michaelis believe caused Myrtle to run? he thinks she was running away from wilson
Why did she run? she thought Tom was in the yellow car like earlier – she was running towards him
Why does Wilson believed that Gatsby killed Myrtle? Tom told him that the yellow car was Gatsby’s
What does Wilson do? kills Gatsby and then himself
Why couldn’t Nick get anyone to come to Gatsby’s funeral? Gatsby had no close friends. All of the party people were too shallow to hardly even meet him, much less become friends or care enough to attend his funeral. Tom and Daisy had gone out of town. Wolfshiem was so shady he couldn’t be seen at a funeral of someone who had been murdered. Klipspringer is more concerned about getting his gym shoes back than Gatsby’s death.
Who is Henry C. Gatz? Gatsby’s father
Why is the book that Gastby’s father shows Nick important to the novel? t is a copy of Hopalong Cassidy with one of Gatsby’s personalschedules in it. It shows Gatsby’s planning, his desire to work to getahead, and his spirit for romantic adventure. All of thesecharacteristics are classically American characteristics, which on asymbolic level lift Gatsby from being just another character torepresenting the good ol’ American spirit.
What happens between Nick and Jordan? Nick breaks off the relationship. He just can’t stand the ease with which she (and Tom and Daisy) let things slip by. They are too irresponsible for his moral sensibilities.
What does Nick say about people like Daisy and Tom? They are careless.

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