Great Gatsby Reading Comprehension

Who is the narrator? Where is he from? Nick CarrawayHe is from Minnesota
How does Nick know Daisy? Nick is Daisy’s second cousin
How does Nick know Tom? Nick knew Tom at Yale
What is the name of the book that Tom is reading? What does this show us about his character? The book is called, “The Rise of the Colored Empire”This could indicate that he is potential racist
Who is Jordan Baker? A golf pro and friend of Daisy Buchanan
Who is Gatsby? Nick’s neighbor in West Egg
What and where is the “Valley of Ashes”? Half way between New York City and West Egg.It is a place where ashes are dumped – the ashes are from incinerating trash in the area.
Who is George Wilson? He owns a garage in the Valley of Ashes. Myrtle is Georg’s wife.
What is the relationship between Myrtle and Tom? They are having an affair
Does Nick feel comfortable at the party in the apartment? He feels uncomfortable at the party and wants to leave but is prevented from leaving.
How does Myrtle’s nose end up broken? Tom broke her nose because he is a creep!Really the answer is that Myrtle would not stop saying Daisy’s name and so Tom hit her.
Explain the invitation process for Gatsby’s parties People just showed up at Gatsby’s party. Nick received an invitation from Gatsby’s chauffer
Give three details about Gatsby’s parties There were many celebritiesThere was a lot of food or drinkA full orchestra played music at the party
Who is the “Owl-Eyed” man? He is a man that Jordan and Nick meet in Gatsby’s library.He is looking at the books in the library.
Does Gatsby get involved in the festivities of his parties? Give examples… Gatsby stands apart from the festivities at his party. He tells Nick that he does not drink.
Is Jordan an honest person? Give examples… Jordan is not an honest person. There is a rumor going around that she cheated in her first golf tournament.
Since most guests ignore him, why do they come to Gatsby’s house? They come to the party because of the free food, alcohol and gossip. In other works they came to party!
In the list of the guests, what further indication is there that the old money is in East Egg and the new money in West Egg? The people from West Egg made their money in the entertainment business and gambling. The East Eggers are Old Money . Doctors, good schools, very WASP = White Anglo-Saxon Protestant
Why is Nick a little disappointed with Gatsby? He is disappointed because Gatsby has very little to say. It is difficult for Nick to get to know him.
Why does Nick have to restrain his laughter when Gatsby says he is “…trying to forget something very sad that happened to me a long time ago?”. At this point Nick doubts what Gatsby is saying and want s to laugh at the way Gatsby is speaking. Gatsby sounds like a bad romance novel.
What does this conversation reveal about Gatsby? It reveals that Gatsby is a phony. He lies about the stories. He tells Nick he is from Midwest which Nick followed up and asked where he was from and he said “San Francisco” which is by the Pacific Ocean in California.
Why does Nick say that listening to Gatsby “was like skimming hastily through a dozen magazines”? He is telling Nick his life story. He went on and on and was not specific and sounded as if it was made up.
What changes Nick’s mind about the truthfulness of Gatsby’s stories? The proof he carries with im. The medal from Montenegro and the photo of him at Oxford University in England.
Who is Myer Wolfsheim, and what do we know of him? He is a gangster who fixed the 1919 World Series. He and Gatsby are in business (illegal) together.
With the line, “One October day…” Jordan recalls that time in 1917 that she saw Gatsby and Daisy together. What indication is there that Daisy really likes Gatsby? Daisy was so into Gatsby that she did not notice Jordan until Jordan was five feet from the car. After Gatsby left Daisy attempted to go after him, but her mother stopped her. She only dates men who are not in the army. Then meets Tom and agrees to marry him.
How does Daisy behave the night before her wedding? Why? Daisy receives a letter from Gatsby and she gets drunk. She says she is not going to marry Tom, but she does anyway.
To what is Nick referring when he says, “then it had not been merely the stars to which he (Gatsby) had aspired on the June night? The night that Nick first sees GG is standing with his arms outstretched to the green light (Daisy). Nick now understands that Gatsby was reaching toward Daisy.
What is happening in the relationship between Nick and Jordan? They are dating. She is not Miss Right, she is just Miss Right NOW!
Whoa are Gatsby’s parents and what is he leaving when he leaves home at age 16? Gatsby’s parents were unsuccessful farm people. When he left home he left behind his parents. He never accepted them because they were not ambitious.
When and why did James Gatz change his name to Jay Gatsby? When Gatsby was 17 years old he changed his name because he wanted a better richer life. He changes his name because it sounded more romantic and sophisticated. He uses it the first time when he rows out to Dan Cody’s yacht.
Nick says, “So he [Gatsby] invented the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.” For James Gatz, what will the ideal Jay Gatsby be, do and have? The ideal James Gatsby would be rich , have the ability to buy and buy whatever he wanted and he wanted to be with the girl of his dreams. At night the visions of these things set his heart in constant turbulent riot”. Specifically at night, what sets James’ heart “in a constant, turbulent riot”?
What has changed at Gatsby’s house? What reason does Gatsby give for these changes? Gatsby fired all the servants. He did not want them gossiping when Daisy came over.
What does Gatsby decide he is going to do the day he goes over to Tom and Daisy’s house? Gatsby is going over the house to lay his cards on the table and tell Tom that Daisy loves him alone.
Why does Gatsby look at Daisy’s daughter Pammy with surprise? Gatsby can’t believe that Daisy ever loved Tom. Pammy is a symbol of their love.
What reasons does George give for wanting to move away? George says that he , or his wife, always wanted to move away.
Who is looking out the window above George’s garage? Why is he/she jealous? Myrtle is looking out the window of the garage, She is jealous because she thinks that Jordan ( who is sitting next to Tom) is Toms’ wife.
Why is Gatsby surprised when Daisy says, “I did love him [Tom] once – but I loved you too”? Gatsby never believed that Jordan loved anyone else but him. He thought they were alike.
Who is killed? How is he/she killed? Myrtle Wilson is killed when she is run over by Gatsby’s car. She tries to stop the car because she thinks that Tom is in the car. Daisy is surprised and runs her over by accident.
Why does Tom say, “That yellow car I was driving this afternoon wasn’t mine—do you hear? I haven’t seen it all afternoon”? What are his potential motives? He does not want he police to connect the car to him. He does not want George to connect him and Myrtle.
Whose birthday is it? How old is he/she turning? Nick Carraway is turning thirty on this day.
. What is the tone/mood of the scene where Daisy and Tom ate at the kitchen table? Tom and Daisy are having a simple intimate moment. It is almost like the accident didn’t matter.
. How does Gatsby’s house seem to Nick during his visit? Gatsby’s house seems big, empty and dirty. There were no people around.
Why does Gatsby feel “married” to Daisy? Gatsby feels married to Daisy because she represents the past and his ideal ( dream.) He also feels responsibility for he rand is willing to take the blame for the accident.
What attracts Daisy to Tom Buchanan? Daisy is first attracted to Tom because of his “bulkiness” but also his confidence and the fact that her parent approve of him.
. Why does Nick say, “They’re a rotten crowd…You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together”? Why is it good that he chose this moment to say this to Gatsby? Nick says this to Gatsby at a low moment for Gatsby because it will make him feel better. Gatsby has been trying all along to show them that he is their equal. Nick goes further by saying he is better than all of them. It is fortunate that he chose this moment to say this because it would be the last time he would see Gatsby alive.
What ultimately happens to Gatsby? What happens to George Wilson? Gatsby is killed in his swimming pool by George Wilson. Wilson turns the gun on himself after killing Gatsby.
Why does Nick feel he is responsible for taking care of the situation? Nick feels like he is the only one who really knew Gatsby, plus no one else is willing to organize a funeral.
What is the father’s perception of his son and his son’s life? Gatsby’s father is proud of his son. He thinks he would have been a great man someday.
3. Why isn’t Klipspringer going to attend the funeral? Klipspringer makes an excuse to get out of going to the funeral. He says he ahs to attend a picnic in Connecticut.
Why is it significant that the man with owl-eyed glasses is the only other person to come to Gatsby’s funeral? The Owl -eyed man, just like the eyes on the signe for T.J. Eckleburg represents God.
Why does Nick say that Tom and Daisy are “careless people”? Nick says that Tom and Daisy are careless people because they used their wealth to leave. They didn’t take responsibility for Myrtle, Gatsby or George’s deaths even though they were involved.
What has changed at Gatsby’s house? What reason does Gatsby give for these changes? Gatsby fired all the servants. He did not want them gossiping when Daisy came over.
What does Gatsby decide he is going to do the day he goes over to Tom and Daisy’s house? Gatsby is going over the house to lay his cards on the table and tell Tom that Daisy loves him alone.
Why does Gatsby look at Daisy’s daughter Pammy with surprise? Gatsby can’t believe that Daisy ever loved Tom. Pammy is a symbol of their love.
Who is looking out the window above George’s garage? Why is he/she jealous? Myrtle is looking out the window of the garage, She is jealous because she thinks that Jordan ( who is sitting next to Tom) is Toms’ wife.
Why is Gatsby surprised when Daisy says, “I did love him [Tom] once – but I loved you too”? Gatsby never believed that Jordan loved anyone else but him. He thought they were alike.
. Who is killed? How is he/she killed? Myrtle Wilson is killed when she is run over by Gatsby’s car. She tries to stop the car because she thinks that Tom is in the car. Daisy is surprised and runs her over by accident.
Why does Tom say, “That yellow car I was driving this afternoon wasn’t mine—do you hear? I haven’t seen it all afternoon”? What are his potential motives? He does not want he police to connect the car to him. He does not want George to connect him and Myrtle.
Whose birthday is it? How old is he/she turning? Nick Carraway is turning thirty on this day.
What is the tone/mood of the scene where Daisy and Tom ate at the kitchen table? Tom and Daisy are having a simple intimate moment. It is almost like the accident didn’t matter.
How does Gatsby’s house seem to Nick during his visit? Gatsby’s house seems big, empty and dirty. There were no people around.
Why does Gatsby feel “married” to Daisy? Gatsby feels married to Daisy because she represents the past and his ideal ( dream.) He also feels responsibility for he rand is willing to take the blame for the accident.
What attracts Daisy to Tom Buchanan? Daisy is first attracted to Tom because of his “bulkiness” but also his confidence and the fact that her parent approve of him.
Why does Nick say, “They’re a rotten crowd…You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together”? Why is it good that he chose this moment to say this to Gatsby? Nick says this to Gatsby at a low moment for Gatsby because it will make him feel better. Gatsby has been trying all along to show them that he is their equal. Nick goes further by saying he is better than all of them. It is fortunate that he chose this moment to say this because it would be the last time he would see Gatsby alive.
What ultimately happens to Gatsby? What happens to George Wilson? Gatsby is killed in his swimming pool by George Wilson. Wilson turns the gun on himself after killing Gatsby.
Why does Nick feel he is responsible for taking care of the situation? Nick feels like he is the only one who really knew Gatsby, plus no one else is willing to organize a funeral.
What is the father’s perception of his son and his son’s life? Gatsby’s father is proud of his son. He thinks he would have been a great man someday.
Why isn’t Klipspringer going to attend the funeral? Klipspringer makes an excuse to get out of going to the funeral. He says he ahs to attend a picnic in Connecticut.
Why is it significant that the man with owl-eyed glasses is the only other person to come to Gatsby’s funeral? The Owl -eyed man, just like the eyes on the sign for T.J. Eckleburg represents God.
Why does Nick say that Tom and Daisy are “careless people”? Tom and Daisy are considered careless because they are focused on themselves and their money. They don’t seem to have a connection to how their choices and decisions affect other people’s lives

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