The Great Gatsby

Who is the author of The Great Gatsby? The author is F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In what year was the book written? The book was written in 1925.
Who is the narrator of The Great Gatsby? The narrator is Nick Carraway.
Where did Nick and Tom go to college? They went to Yale. Nick graduated in 1915.
How are Tom and Daisy related to Nick? Nick is Daisy’s cousin once removed. Tom is Daisy’s husband.
Why does Nick move East? He moves East to learn the bond business.
Who lives in West Egg? Nick and Gatsby live in the West Egg.
Who lives in East Egg? Tom and Daisy live in the East Egg.
Who are George and Myrtle Wilson? George owns a garage in the Valley of Ashes. Myrtle is his wife, who is also Tom’s mistress.
Who is Nick’s famous neighbor? His neighbor is Gatsby.
Where did Tom and Daisy live prior to East Egg? They lived in Chicago and spent time in France.
What is Gatsby doing at the end of Chapter 1 when Nick first sees him? He is standing at the end of his dock, arms open trembling and seems to be staring at a green light.
What is the American Dream? The widespread belief that the United States is a land of opportunity and that individual initiative and hard work can bring economic success.
What symbol seems to overlook the Valley of Ashes? It is the sign of Dr. TJ Eckleburg.
Who lives in the Valley of Ashes? George and Myrtle Wilson live in the Valley of Ashes.
What is the first rumor we learn about Gatsby? The first rumor is that he is the nephew or cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm.
What were other rumors/facts about Gatsby? He killed a man once.He was a German spy during the war.He’s related to the Kaiser. He’s a bootlegger.
Who is the only character invited to Gatsby’s party? Nick
Jordan Baker plays which sport? Golf
Dan Cody intended for Gatsby to get how much of his money? $25,000
What is a crazy fish? “I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God, I may be old fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suite me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish” (103). Handsome man
When Tom says, “I wonder where in the devil he met Daisy. By God, I may be old fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suite me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish” (103), how is this IRONIC? He is running around with Myrtle.
What is prohibition? The 18th Amendment to the Constitution banning the sale of alcohol starting in 1920
What is old money? Inherited money
What is new money? Wealth recently acquired by working for it
What is Gatsby’s dream? Daisy
How does Gatsby’s dream affect him? First he must make money in order to compete with Tom, so he becomes a criminal. Then he is killed because of his dream.
Who kills Myrtle? Daisy
Who kills Gatsby? George Wilson
Who kills George Wilson? George Wilson
What kind of people live on East and West Egg? Old Money is East EggNew Money is West Egg
Nick is inclined to reserve all what?Does he follow through? JudgmentsNo
What watches over the Valley of Ashes? Dr. T.J. Eckleburg’s eyes
Tom and Daisy have a son or daughter? Daughter
Tom breaks Myrtle’s what? Nose
Nick begins to like/love which character? Jordan
What is Jordan’s flaw, according to Nick? She lies/dishonest
When did Daisy and Gatsby meet? When he was in the army/military in 1917
Why did Gatsby reinvent himself when he was 17? He was trying to escape his past. He grew up poor and did not want to stay poor.
Besides Daisy, who had the greatest influence on Gatsby? Dan Cody
What does the green light identify? Daisy’s dock/house
What does the green light symbolize? Gatsby’s dream and hope of Daisy/his obsession
Which character dies by misinformation? Gatsby
Did Daisy know about her husband’s affairs? Yes
When Tom and Daisy attend Gatsby’s party, how does Gatsby introduce Tom to everyone? Why? As the polo player; to ridicule him because Tom asked him not to but Gatsby kept introducing him as the polo player
Why does Nick leave West Egg? To escape the bad memories
Do many people attend Gatsby’s funeral? No
Where did Wilson die? On Gatsby’s lawn
Why do the lights go out at Gatsby’s? He does not want gossip.
Why didn’t Gatsby have any right to touch Daisy when they first met? Because he cold not provide for her
Under what false pretense did Gatsby take Daisy? He claimed he was rich.
Which characters are cuckolds? Tom and George Wilson
Describe Gatsby’s parties. HUGE, extravagant, orchestra plays, catered, like an amusement park
Nick is enchanted by what feature of Gatsby’s face? Smile
What favor does Gatsby ask Nick? To invite Daisy for tea so he can come over and see her
How long has Gatsby been dreaming of Daisy? Five years
Is what happened to Gatsby tragic? Why? Answers vary
Why doesn’t Daisy attend Gatsby’s funeral? Her and Tom have gone away
How is Tom partly responsible for Gatsby’s murder? Tom tells George Wilson who Gatsby is and where to find him, he claims he was threatened by Wilson.
What did you like about the novel? Answers vary.

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