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1. B, When Fitzgerald refers to Tom as “one of those men”, it serves to generalize Tom.
Nick is classifying Tom by putting him in a group with others like him in order to better
understand him.
2. C, Fitzgerald uses a paradox in order to help the reader to understand the relationship
between Nick and his friends. When one says “old friends” it is assumed that the two
know each other well; however, when Fitzgerald says that Nick “scarcely [knows]” them,
it contradicts the assumed meaning.
3. A, Tom is described greatly through the use of adjectives, from his “hard mouth” to his
“effeminate swank”.
4. D, Throughout the passage, rarely do people respond to what Tom says. It usually is
just him saying a statement, and the others simply absorbing it, without a notable
5. D, Hyperbole is not present in the last two paragraphs, whereas the rest are. Color
imagery - “bright, rosy-colored space”, “wine colored rug” Metaphor – “young women
ballooned slowly” Simile – “like pale flags”, “as though upon an anchored balloon”
Onomatopoeia – “high hallway” “breeze blew”
6. B, The two young women are characterized by their dresses, which “ballooned to the
7. A, Nick’s tone is one of sympathy, as he talks about how Tom always moves around
and never has a permanent home. His censure is shown as Tom speaks sparingly of their
8. C, When Catherine says that Tom’s the “first sweetie”, she says it in a tone that makes
it sound like it’s justified. It’s understandable that she has an affair with Tom as he was
her first.
9. A, Nick’s tone of voice is paradoxical, as he describes his dreams, but then contrasts
them with his reality.
10. D, Myrtle looks at people’s clothing and stares unfaithfully at other men,
representative of her twisted values.
11. B, The entire atmosphere of the party is loose and uncaring; therefore, Nick’s action
in wiping the shaving cream off of the man’s face is incongruous with the rest of the
12. C, Tom shows that he knows he is in a higher class than Myrtle when he breaks her
nose. He is aware that his higher social class allows him to do such things without
13. D, Nick doesn’t seem very interested in Tom’s violence. As a result, Nick’s
description seems separated and dispassionate.
14. C, The disjointed, rough sound of the final paragraphs is due to Nick’s drunkenness,
and the racket and chaos of the party. Due to his confusion, he is unable to coherently
15. C, Fitzgerald uses this opportunity in order to help to develop the characters and to
help the reader feel more involved with the characters.
16. C, There are no colloquial expressions that are used to describe the characters.
17. A, “every Friday, oranges and lemons… every Monday, oranges and lemons..”
18. D, It’s ironic how the machine makes it so simple, that the butler has to but use his
thumb. The job of the butler is to help do menial tasks, though this butler has the easiest
job of all.
19. D, By shifting from past into present tense, Fitzgerald creates a sense of urgency as
the reader feels like the pace has sped up.
20. A, This is apparently when Fitzgerald says that “his female guests were too young to
know one from another”.
21. D, Every description made by Fitzgerald is pointing towards the increase of intensity,
from the louder voices to the rapid group changes.
22. B, Fitzgerald simply announces the beginning of the party with his simple, short
23. D, There are no apostrophes in the passage, therefore… self explanatory.
24. C, Nick says that he is “reading over what [he] has written so far”, signifying that he
is looking back at what he wrote. He also shows that he is concern of accuracy as he
believes that he has “given the impression that the events of three nights several weeks
apart were all that absorbed [him]”.
25. B, The tone of these four paragraphs is very dispassionate and detached. He breezes
through the days, briefly touching upon the main points of each day.
26. A, Nick spent the hour conscientiously at the library; therefore, choice A is the most
27. D, The fourth paragraph is filled with adjectives such as “racy”, “adventurous”, and
28. B, Nick uses these paragraphs to help correct the reader from a previous assumption
that he was uninterested in everything else but those three nights. By giving an outline of
his other days, he hope to correct the false impression that might have been implied
29. E, There is no dialogue between Baker and others.
30. D, Nick’s observations and inferences of the people at the party let us readers know
that he observes and analyses human behavior.
31. A, Due do Tom’s resourcefulness, he becomes easily restless; therefore, “this quality”
must refer to that.
32. E, The last sentence of the third paragraph serves to elaborate on Tom’s restlessness.
33. B, The mix of positive adjectives such as “rich” and “triumphant” are contradictory to
the more negative adjectives like “swollen” and “monstrous”.
34. C, Nick believes that Gatsby has little substance by saying that Gatsby had “little to
35. D, Gatsby is offering retribution of dispelling any lies that he might have said before.
36. B, Due to Gatsby’s untruthfulness, Nick is beginning to doubt him; therefore, he
casually asks questions to see if Gatsby will respond truthfully.
37. C, The “smile” referred to by the sentence is an example of metonymy, where the
smile is used in place of Gatsby.
38. B, The smile is being used in place of Gatsby, therefore it an example of a
39. B, The “greenhouse” is used as it is closely related to flower; therefore, the word
greenhouse is used in place of the word flower.
40. C, Gatsby’s clothes represent two things, purity and money. The white coat is
representative of purity, as the color of white is generally associated with it. His gold and
silver clothes are representative of wealth.
41. A, Gatsby’s “tacked-on” old sport is conveying a sense of false bravery, or bravado.
42. C, Daisy’s tone, set by the phrase “my dearest one”, is hyperbolic.
43. E, Castle Rackrent must be an allusion to something…
44. B, When Nick says “it wasn’t a bit funny” is the perfect example of a litote, where a
affirmative statement is made clear by a negative.
45. D, Metaphors are not used to describe the uncomfortable atmosphere in the room.
46. C, When Fitzgerald says “legally” it serves to define “really”. As in, by it “really”
being his name, it’s simply his legal name.
47. A, The second paragraph alludes to the Bible, when Fitzgerald talks about the son of
48. C, There is no simile in the fourth paragraph.
49. D, Gatsby is described as disdain through the words “constant, turbulent riot” and as
an idealist through the descriptions of how he worked his way to fortune, though his
parents were not rich.
50. C, Gatsby feels like this long term opportunity is time for a name change.
51. D, The word inhospitable is paired with the word death, which is ironic as a death is
regarded as inhospitable.
52. E, Gatsby was able to see the hardships that liquor had caused Cody, therefore he
learned to leave it alone.
53. B, A caravan is much like a place where people can join and stay, therefore a
caravansary most likely refers to an inn.
54. C, The first two statements are true; however, Nick desires Miss Baker’s presence as
opposed to Gatsby desiring it.
55. B, Nick refers to Daisy and Gatsby as they are the ones who are planning this get
56. C, The seats are “on the edge of combustion” an expert use of hyperbole.
57. E, When Nick says that he has no designs upon it, he means that he has no dishonest
intentions. Though he picked up her notebook, he had no intentions of reading it.
58. C, Inference is present as everyone suspects Nick of reading the book, though he
claims that he had no such intentions.
59. A, Nick’s reflection is talking about Gatsby and Daisy, because they are secret lovers.
60. D, The description of the butler is a euphemism. Instead of saying that the butler is
sweating, Fitzgerald decides to use the word “glistening” in place of it.
61. A, There are no allusions in this passage.
62. B, Daisy believes that everything is about a girl, not the car; therefore, she does not
hold down the receiver for any car-related reason.
63. C, Tom addresses Gatsby is a mocking tone when he calls him “sir” and “Mr.
64. E, The nurse is being characterized by her freshly laundered clothes; therefore, this is
an example of metonymy.
65. E, Gatsby exhibits all three, as he didn’t quite believe in the child’s existence. He was
simply doubting the fact, though he knew it was true; therefore, when he actually saw the
child, he was shocked by its real-ness.
66. A, Daisy’ explanation is a non sequitur, meaning that it does not relate to the rest of
the passage.
67. C, Tom’s conversation shows his lack of knowledge as he tries to conjure up an
intelligent sentence, though his words come out vague and meaningless.
68. B, The last two sentences become more vivid in imagery. The rest of the passage is
usually just simple descriptions of what is happening, but the last two sentence begin to
create sensual pictures.
69. B, Adjectives such as innumerable and inexplicable help to create a surreal feeling of
Gatsby’s house.
70. E, Gatsby’s persona had shattered because of Tom’s harshness and stubbornness.
71. C, The long extravaganza refers to Gatsby’s experience with Dan Cody.
72. A, “Such people” refers to people in Daisy’s social class, as described by Gatsby.
73. C, Gatsby’s romanticism is expressed through his fond words of Gatsby. His
materialism is revealed through his description of the motor-cars and other such things.
74. C, Gatsby is shown as opportunistic as he “takes what he could get”.
75. B, Daisy is presented as unobtainable through the descriptions of her and how Gatsby
cannot reach her.
76. D, It is ironic how Daisy is shown like a grail, as the Holy Grail is seen to be
unobtainable as well.
77. B, The word “afterward” must refer to a big event which had happened earlier.
78. B, The last sentence of how he got to know Gatsby’s name is terse and flippant.
79. E, Daisy is what Gatsby is thinking about, therefore when he asks if “anyone” had
called, he referred to Daisy.
80. C, The chauffer who was taking care of the car had noticed this abnormality.
81. A, The paragraph is filled with words like “if that was true” and “he must have”
giving the paragraph a speculative tone.
82. C, Gatsby isn’t delusional, though he is both apathetic and disillusioned.
83. D, I have no clue…
84. A, Gatsby’s death is oblique and vague. There aren’t many details, and the word
death is never even mentioned.
85. B, He is very defensive in the first half of the paragraph as he is trying to justify his
86. C, Nick didn’t want to harm Daisy by saying what he originally wanted to say;
consequently, he was protecting Daisy by holding his tongue.
87. D, By “it” it refers to ‘He ran over Myrtle’, as that was the last thing spoken of, so the
pronoun must refer to it.
88. D, The paragraph is characterized by sentimentalism when Tom shows that he had
connections to certain objects. Pathos is evoked in the reader through Tom’s choice of
words such as “suffering” and “broke down”.
89. E, Tom’s comparison to a child is due to the fact that he is unable to admit his
wrongdoings, much like how a child does not admit.
90. C, Gatsby’s dream is representative of how mankind must push forward and be able
to survive and thrive even in difficult times.