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What is the setting of the novel?
How does the novel begin? Does it start in the past, the present, or the future? Where does it go from there?
It starts in the past with Nick talking about his father and moves to the present.
What is the setting of the novel?
What is Nick's background? Why does he come East?
he came from an upper-middle class family. they earned the money from a family owned hardware store.
What qualities make Nick a good narrator?
He's unbiased. He can see things from a different point of view
What is the book that Tom is reading when we meet him in Chapter 1? What does this reveal about him?
"The Rise of the Colored Empires" He's racist.
Who is Jordan Baker? What is her relationship to the other characters? What are her faults?
Jordan is Daisy's friends and famous golfer. She's been in the news. She's careless and a gossip.
When Daisy talks with Nick about her daughter, what does she say she hopes for her daughter? How does Daisy say she feels about life?
I hope she'll be a fool. That's the best thing for a girl to be, a beautiful little fool. I think life's terrible, Nick. I've been everywhere and done everything. And I hate it all!'
Where does Gatsby live? Daisy and Tom? Nick? George and Myrtle? Describe those places
Gatsby lives in a beautiful mansion in West Egg. It had a swimming pool and was surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Daisy and Tom lived in East Egg. It's a huge mansion overlooking the bay. The lawns and gardens started at the house and went down to the sea. Nick lives in a little house in West Egg next to Gatsby. He's in between two large houses. George and Myrtle live in the valley of the Ashes in Long Island in a garage.
How does Nick meet Myrtle?
Tom Takes Nick to see her after they had been drinking.
What does George Wilson do for a living?
He's a repairman
What is it that George wants from Tom?
wants Tom to sell him his old car
What reason does Myrtle's sister give Nick to explain why Tom won't leave Daisy?
Both of them are unhappily married,' she said. 'But Tom's wife is a Catholic. She won't divorce him.'
How did Tom and Myrtle meet? What was it that attracted Myrtle to Tom?
On a train. Lust
Why does Tom hit Myrtle?
They were arguing about Daisy
Who is "Owl Eyes?" What is it that he is so interested in?
A drunk man. he was surprised that all the books were real and that there were so many books. Books imply intelligence and wealth
When Nick finally meets Gatsby, they realize they have something in common. What is it?
They fought in the war together
Why does Jordan say she "hates careless people?" Why is this ironic?
Nick says she ought to be more careful. She's careless.
What fantastic stories does Gatsby tell Nick about his life when they first go into the city together?
He was educated at Oxford, inherited his money from his family, and he won several medals during the war
Describe Meyer Wolfsheim
He's a racketeer, gambler, and business associate of Gatsby's. He fixed the 1919 World Series
Briefly sum up Daisy and Gatsby's past that Jordan explains to Nick.
Daisy and Gatsby had an earlier romance. Her wouldn't let her see him off to war. The she married Tom and soon found out he had a mistress.
Describe the reunion between Gatsby and Daisy. Who sets it up? Where does it take place? How does it go?
It was initially very awkward. Gatsby was extremely nervous. They became more at ease as they talked. They meet in Nick's house. Nick sets it up but only after some probing from Gatsby
What is it in Gatsby's mansion that makes Daisy cry? What do you think she's really crying about?
She cries about his shirts, but she's really overwhelmed with what could have been
What does Nick mean when he says—of the green light—that "his count of diminished objects had diminished by one?"
Gatsby put Daisy on a pedestal, but realized that his fantasies of her were much more glamorous than what it turned out to be in real life.
What is Gatsby's real name? What was his real background?
James Gatz. He came from a line of unsuccessful farmers. He built his image starting at 17 years old as a clam-digger and salmon fisher
Describe Dan Cody and Gatsby's relationship with him. What did Gatsby gain from that relationship?
Dan Cody was a self-made billionaire by mining for precious metals and was Gatsby's mentor. He learned how to look like he lived a lavish life.
What is Daisy's opinion of Gatsby's party? Why does Gatsby not "get" that she wouldn't have liked it?
She didn't like it. It's all new money and that's not where she's from.
When Gatsby meets Daisy's daughter, he is somewhat unnerved. What could this little girl represent?
The little girl represents the new life Daisy had started a new life without Gatsby and it's not something that can be undone
Daisy's voice is full of ________. Who says this?
Describe the driving arrangement that brings Tom, Daisy, Nick, Jordan, and Gatsby into the city.
Tom drives Nick and Jordan in Gatsby's car. Gatsby drives Daisy in Tom's car.
Why is Myrtle locked in her house right before the accident? What was George's plan for himself and Myrtle?
They were going to run to Manhatten so they could get away form Tom.
Why does Daisy have a hard time saying she never loved Tom?
She did at some point love Tom
Who is driving the car that kills Myrtle? Who does the car belong to?
When everyone arrives back and Tom and Daisy's house after the accident, what does Nick witness taking place between the couple? Why does this not look good for Gatsby?
Tom and Daisy are coexisting peacefully and are eating together. It means that it's possible for Daisy to stay With Tom and still be Happy
What is on the billboard in the Valley of Ashes? What unfortunate event does this billboard "witness"? What does George Wilson call the billboard in Chapter 8?
T.J. Eckleburg's eyes. Myrtle's death. God's eyes.
Briefly summarize what George Wilson does the morning after Myrtle's death.
He goes to hunt for the car that killed his wife, finds that Gatsby had it, shot Gatsby, then killed himself
What is the last thing that Nick says to Gatsby before Gatsby dies? How is this appropriate?
"They're a rotten crowd," I shouted across the lawn. "You're worth the whole damn bunch put together." They've spoiled somebody and hurt him.
What is Wolfsheim's excuse for not coming to Gatsby's funeral? What does Wolfsheim say to Nick about friendship?
He's too busy and can't get mixed up in things. He sticks with them until the bitter end, but doesn't mess with things afterwards.
Who all attends Gatsby's funeral? Where's Daisy in all of this?
a few servants, the West Egg post man, the minister overseeing the service, Owl Eyes, Nick, and Gatsby's father.
Where is the green light? What does the green light symbolize for Gatsby?
The green light is at the end of the dock. It represents yearning, jealousy and greed.
What is the last sentence of the novel? What does this mean?
"Tom and Daisy were rich, careless people. They took what they wanted and destroyed what they didn't need. Then they went away, leaving others to clear up the mess" ---Nick; Tom and Daisy wanted the lavish life and did whatever they needed to get it. They hurt people and ruined things and now Nick is left to clean up the mess.
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