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Why does Tom hit Myrtle at his apartment in New York City?

Because she taunts him about Daisy

Where is Gatsby's mansion located?

West Egg

Where does Gatsby's reunion with Daisy take place?

At Nick's house

In what year is The Great Gatsby set?

1922

Where were Nick and Tom educated?

Yale

What is Jordan Baker's occupation?

Golfer

When he renews his acquaintance with Daisy at Nick's house, what does Gatsby knock off of the mantle?

A clock

What is Nick's home state?

Minnesota

Why did Gatsby drop out of college?

He was humiliated by having to work as a janitor to pay his tuition.

Which millionaire hired the young Gatsby as an assistant?

Dan Cody

Where is the valley of ashes?

Between West Egg and New York City

Who among the following comes to Gatsby's funeral?

Gatsby's father

Which woman is Tom's extramarital lover?

Myrtle

Who drives the car that kills Myrtle?

Daisy

How are Daisy and Nick related?

They are cousins.

Where did Daisy meet Gatsby?

Louisville

Where did Gatsby study after the war?

Oxford

On the day after the confrontation between Tom and Gatsby in New York City, what does Gatsby instruct his gardener not to do?

Drain the pool

At the end of the novel, Daisy chooses to be with

Tom

What are the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg?

A signboard in the valley of ashes

Why does Nick move to New York?

To learn about the bond business

What did Fitzgerald call the 1920s?

The Jazz Age

Why does Gatsby throw his weekly parties?

To impress Daisy.

What is Meyer Wolfshiem's claim to fame?

He rigged the 1919 World Series

Where does Gatsby recognize Nick from?

Nick and Gatsby fought in the same battle in World War I

Nick Carraway

The novel's narrator. Honest, tolerant, and inclined to reserve judgment, Nick often serves as a confidant for those with troubling secrets. The Great Gatsby is told entirely through Nick's eyes;

Jay Gatsby

Protagonist of the novel, Gatsby is a fabulously wealthy young man living in a Gothic mansion in West Egg. Famous for the lavish parties

Daisy Buchanan

Nick's cousin, and the woman Gatsby loves. Daisy lives with Tom across from Gatsby in the fashionable East Egg district of Long Island.

Tom Buchanan

Daisy's immensely wealthy husband, once a member of Nick's social club at Yale. Powerfully built and hailing from a socially solid old family, Tom is an arrogant, hypocritical bully. His social attitudes are laced with racism and sexism, and he never even considers trying to live up to the moral standard he demands from those around him.

Jordan Baker

Daisy's friend, a woman with whom Nick becomes romantically involved during the course of the novel. A competitive golfer, Jordan represents one of the "new women" of the 1920s—cynical, boyish, and self-centered. Jordan is beautiful, but also dishonest:

Myrtle Wilson

Tom's lover, whose lifeless husband George owns a run-down garage in the valley of ashes. Myrtle herself possesses a fierce vitality and desperately looks for a way to improve her situation.

George Wilson

Myrtle's husband, the lifeless, exhausted owner of a run-down auto shop at the edge of the valley of ashes. George loves and idealizes Myrtle, and is devastated by her affair with Tom.

Owl Eyes

The eccentric, bespectacled drunk whom Nick meets at the first party he attends at Gatsby's mansion

Klipspringer

The shallow freeloader who seems almost to live at Gatsby's mansion, taking advantage of his host's money. As soon as Gatsby dies, Klipspringer disappears—he does not attend the funeral, but he does call Nick about a pair of tennis shoes that he left at Gatsby's mansion.

Themes

The Decline of the American Dream in the 1920s

Motifs

Geography

Motifs

Weather

Symbols

The Green Light

Symbols

The Valley of Ashes

Symbols

The Eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg

author

F. Scott Fitzgerald

time and place written

America and France

settings (place)

Long Island and New York City

climax

There are two possible climaxes: Gatsby's reunion with Daisy in Chapters 5-6; the confrontation between Gatsby and Tom in the Plaza Hotel in Chapter 7.

rising action

Gatsby's lavish parties, Gatsby's arrangement of a meeting with Daisy at Nick's

falling action

Daisy's rejection of Gatsby, Myrtle's death, Gatsby's murder

point of view

Nick Carraway narrates in both first and third person, presenting only what he himself observes. Nick alternates sections where he presents events objectively, as they appeared to him at the time, with sections where he gives his own interpretations of the story's meaning and of the motivations of the other characters

tone

Nick's attitudes toward Gatsby and Gatsby's story are ambivalent and contradictory. At times he seems to disapprove of Gatsby's excesses and breaches of manners and ethics, but he also romanticizes and admires Gatsby, describing the events of the novel in a nostalgic and elegiac tone.

major conflict

Gatsby has amassed a vast fortune in order to win the affections of the upper-class Daisy Buchanan, but his mysterious past stands in the way of his being accepted by her

genre

Modernist novel, Jazz Age novel, novel of manners

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