The Great Gatsby Chapter 6 Practice Quiz

What is the narrative and structural purpose of Chapter VI? This chapter gives the reader more details about Gatsby’s past and points out the distinction between new money and old money. Regardless of how wealthy one is, what matters is the source of money and how long one’s family has had it.
In what sense does this chapter epitomize the American dream? The reader sees that Gatsby has risen from rags to riches through his ingenuity and resourcefulness.
What purpose does the biblical allusion: “He was a son of God…and he must be about HisFather’s business” serve? It’s an allusion that establishes Gatsby as a deity in his own self-perception. And it tells us he has purposed wealth with almost religious zeal.
Who is Jay Gatsby? James Gatz changed his name when he was seventeen because he didn’t want to think of himself as a poor boy. He wanted to think of himself as a rich man.
What is the meaning of the statement “…they [reveries] were a satisfactory hint of theunreality of reality, a promise that the rock of the world was founded securely on a fairy’swing”? Remember that earlier Fitzgerald compared Gatsby to Christ—the rock of the world. Therock of the world [Gatsby] has all of his hopes and dreams founded on a fairy’s wing, DaisyFay. Fitzgerald’s imagery throughout the book has enhanced the fairy-like-ness of Daisy. Thisstatement makes the reader wonder if Gatsby operates in reality or in a dream.
Analyze the meaning of the name Dan Cody. Dan is short for Daniel, a probable allusion to Daniel Boone. Daniel Boone was one ofthe first frontiersmen who headed for the West. Wild Bill Cody is one of the last of thefrontiersman. Gatsby is fashioned by Dan Cody to be a type of frontiersman—one who livesand dies in the pursuit of the frontier of the American dream.
How long was Gatsby employed by Cody? Five years
Why does Gatsby not drink? He saw how alcohol affected Cody and was disgusted by its effects. He made a decision to never drink.
Describe Tom’s first visit to Gatsby’s home. Tom, Mr. Sloane, and a woman arrive on horseback. Gatsby offers them refreshments. Hereminds Tom that they have already met, but Tom does not seem to remember much aboutGatsby. The woman invites Gatsby to come to dinner with them, and, even though Mr. Sloanemakes it obvious Gatsby isn’t welcome, Gatsby accepts. When Gatsby goes to get his coat,Tom, Mr. Sloane, and the woman depart before he can return.
Knowing Tom, how can one account for his comment about being “old-fashioned” and”women run[ning] around too much these days to suit [him]”? Although he is quite sincere, he obviously believes in a double standard of behavior. That hesays this and does not see the irony may be attributed to a combination of limited intelligenceand arrogance.
What does the word choice “menagerie” help Fitzgerald convey? The denotation of menagerie is wild animal exhibit or diverse or exotic group of unusual people or things. This word choice furthers the amusement park imagery associated with Gatsby’s home.
Explain Gatsby’s expectations of Daisy. Are they realistic? He expects Daisy to fall madly in love with him and confess to Tom she never loved him. He wants to go back in time five years and erase all that happened. They are not realistic. Daisy is a married woman who enjoys the kind of life Tom gives her.
In this chapter, Nick narrates the event of Daisy’s and Gatsby’s first kiss. He says thatGatsby knew that, after kissing Daisy, “…his mind would never romp again like the mindof God.” What does this mean? Earlier in chapter 6 Nick compares the transformation of James Gatz to Jay Gatsby and says Gatsby was a “Son of God,” a self-proclaimed deity. He is, in a sense, the creator and controller of his self. Once he kisses Daisy, though, he passes that control over to her.

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