The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Reading Questions

Who is the narrator? Where is he from? The narrator’s name is Nick Carraway. He is from Minnesota
How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the book? Nick says he reserves judgement to others at the beginning of the book
Why has Nick come to the East? Nick came to the East to learn the bond business
How does Nick know Daisy and Tom? Nick knows Daisy because she is his second cousin and he had known Tom in college
How does Nick describe Tom Buchanan? Nick describes Tom Buchanan as arrogant, wealthy and athletic
What is the name of the book Tom is reading? What does this show us about him? The name of the book Tom is reading is called, ” The Rise of the Colored Empires.” This shows that he is potentially racists
Who is Jordan Baker? What does Nick find appealing about her? Jordan Baker is a friend of Daisy. Nick finds her self- sufficiency and appearance as appealing
How does Daisy react to the phone calls from Tom’s woman in New York? Daisy reacts by feeling like she has to be polite towards the phone calls from Tom’s woman in New York
What is Gatsby doing when Nick first sees him? Gatsby is standing in his yard, looking at a green light when Nick first sees him
Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope or dream. Why does he do this? Fitzgerald uses the words hope and dream because they are living the American dream
Nick starts the novel by relaying his father’s advice ” Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Does he reserve judgment in the novel? Nick judges Tom for his affair and he is open minded about it
Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy’s house? The day and year during the first scene at Daisy’s house is June 7, 1921
Describe Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him? What kind of narrator do you think he will be? Nick grew up wealthy, he is polite and a relaxed/ observant narrator
What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean? The author uses the image of Jordan being on a couch, buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon; she doesn’t have a care in the world
How does Nick react to Jordan? Nick is very curious about Jordan
What does Tom’s behavior reveal about his character? Tom’s behavior reveals that he is very mean
Why does Daisy say she hoped her daughter would be a beautiful fool? Daisy said she hopes her daughter will be a beautiful fool. This means she hopes she will be oblivious and not get hurt like Daisy
What kind of relationship do Tom and Daisy have? Tom and Daisy have a complicated and unhealthy relationship

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