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"The Great Gatsby" Test
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How does Nick know Daisy?
He is Daisy's second cousin.
How does Nick know Tom?
He knew Tom at Yale.
What is the name of the book that Tom is reading? What does this show us about his character?
"The Rise of the Colored Empire" - this could indicate that he is potentially racist.
Who is Jordan Baker?
A golf pro and friend of Daisy Buchanan
Who is Gatsby?
Nick's neighbor in West Egg
What and where is the "Valley of Ashes?"
Half way between New York City and West Egg, where ashes are dumped
Who is George Wilson?
He owns a garage in the Valley of Ashes. Myrtle is his wife.
What is the relationship between Myrtle and Tom?
They are having an affair.
How does Myrtle's nose end up broken?
She would not stop saying Daisy's name, and Tom hit her.
Who is the "Owl-Eyed" man?
A man that Jordan and Nick met in Gatsby's library
Why is Nick a little disappointed with Gatsby?
Because Gatsby has very little to say, it is difficult for Nick to get to know him.
Why does Nick have to restrain his laughter when Gatsby says he is "trying to forget something very sad that happened to me a long time ago?"
Nick doubts what Gatsby is saying.
What does this conversation reveal about Gatsby?
He is a phony. He lies about the stories.
Why does Nick say that listening to Gatsby was like "skimming hastily through a dozen magazines?"
He is telling Nick his life story. He went on and on and was not specific and sounded as if it was made up.
What changes Nick's mind about the truthfulness of Gatsby's stories?
The medal from Montenegro and the photo of him at Oxford University in England
Who is Myer Wolfsheim?
He is a gangster who fixed the 1919 World Series.
How does Daisy behave the night before her wedding?
She gets drunk and says she is not going to marry Tom, but she does anyway.
To what is Nick referring when he says, "then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on the June night?"
Gatsby was reaching toward Daisy.
Who are Gatsby's parents?
Unsuccessful farm people
When and why did James Gatz change his name to Jay Gatsby?
When Gatsby was 17 years old, he changed his name because he wanted a better life. He changes his name because it sounded more romantic and sophisticated.
Nick says, "So he invented the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year old boy would likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end." For James Gatz, what will the ideal Jay Gatsby be?
Rich, have the ability to buy whatever he wanted, and be with the girl of his dreams
Why did Gatsby fire all the servants at his house?
He did not want them gossiping when Daisy came over.
Why does Gatsby look at Daisy's daughter Pammy with surprise?
Gatsby can't believe that Daisy ever loved Tom. Pammy is a symbol of their love.
Who is killed?
Why does Tom say, "That yellow car I was driving this afternoon wasn't mine, do you hear? I haven't seen it all afternoon?"
He does not want the police to connect the car to him nor does he want George to connect he and Myrtle.
Who has a birthday in the book?
How does Gatsby's house seem to Nick during his visit?
Big, empty and dirty
What attracts Daisy to Tom Buchanan?
His "bulkiness," confidence, and the fact that her parents approve of him
Why does Nick say, "They're a rotten crowd...You're worth the whole bunch put together?" Why is it good that he chose this moment to say this to Gatsby?
Nick says this to Gatsby at a low moment for Gatsby in order to make him feel better. Gatsby has been trying all along to show them that he is their equal. Nick goes further by saying he is better than all of them. It is fortunate that he chose this moment to say this because it would be the last time he would see Gatsby alive.
What ultimately happens to Gatsby?
He is killed in his swimming pool by George Wilson.
Why does Nick feel he is responsible for taking care of the situation?
He feels like he is the only one who really knew Gatsby, and no one else is willing to organize a funeral.
What is Gatsby's father's perception of his son and his son's life?
Gatsby's father is proud of his son. He thinks he would have been a great man someday.
Why isn't Klipspringer going to attend the funeral?
Klipspringer makes an excuse to get out of going to the funeral. He says he has to attend a picnic in Connecticut.
Why is it significant that the man with owl-eyed glasses is the only other person to come to Gatsby's funeral?
The owl-eyed man is a representation of God in the novel.
What does Gatsby decide he is going to do the day he goes over to Tom and Daisy's house?
He is going over the house to lay his cards on the table and tell Tom that Daisy loves him alone.
Who is looking out the window above George's garage? Why are they jealous?
Myrtle, she is jealous because she thinks that Jordan is Toms' wife.
What is the tone/mood of the scene where Daisy and Tom ate at the kitchen table?
They are having a simple intimate moment. It is almost like the accident didn't matter.
Why does Nick say that Tom and Daisy are "careless people?"
They are focused on themselves and their money. They don't seem to have a connection to how their choices and decisions affect other people's lives.
How is Myrtle killed?
She is run over by Gatsby's car. She tries to stop the car because she thinks that Tom is in the car. Daisy is surprised and runs her over by accident.
What happens to George Wilson?
He turns the gun on himself after killing Gatsby.
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