Gatsby Chapter:3 Discussion Questions and Answers

Gatsby’s parties are juxtaposed to Tom’s by Fitzgerald. How do they compare? p39-42 Gatsby’s parties are on a much grander scale, however the end results are not much different: everyone gets drunk and acts foolishly.
What does Nick mean when he says he is one of the few who were invited? p41 Many people merely crash the parties given by Gatsby. He doesn’t even know most of his guests.
What are some rumors about Gatsby heard at this party? p44 He doesn’t want any trouble with anybody. Someone says he once killed a man. Someone else says he was a German spy during the war.
What is Nick’s comment about the gossip? What did he mean? “It was testimony to the romantic speculation he inspired that there were whispers about him from those who had found little that it was necessary to whisper about in this world.” Nick meant that the people at the party were rather wild and daring in their casual acceptance of all kinds of behavior, so their being in awe of Gatsby was remarkable.
Who is “owl eyes” and what surprises him? Explain what he meant by Gatsby not cutting the pages. p45 “Owl eyes” is a young man with large glasses who is impressed to discover that the books in Gatsby’s library are real, not just cardboard covers for appearance. This tells us two things: that artifice is extremely common among the wealthy, and that Gatsby is not a “fake.” Gatsby hadn’t actually read the books, however, or the pages would have been cut apart at the edges.
What does Nick find most striking about Gatsby? p48 That his smile has a quality of “eternal reassurance”
What about Gatsby is suspicious to Nick? p49 That he seemed to drift out of nowhere to buy a palace on Long Island.
What is ironic about Jordan’s comment about large parties? p49 She says they are more intimate than small parties, and it seems that it should be just the other way around.
What term of familiarity does Gatsby use when addressing Nick? 47-48 “old sport”
What does Nick discover about Jordan later that summer? 57-58 She is terribly dishonest. She lies about leaving a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down. Nick then recalls a past golf scandal in which she moved her ball to a better spot.

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