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Quiz Chapter One

1. How were the 1920's a reaction to WWI?

2. Who is the narrator of the novel?
3. Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope or dream.
Why, do you think, does he do this?

4. Nick starts the novel by relaying his father's advice: "Whenever you
feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this
world haven't had the advantages that you've had." List Nick's
5. What is the difference between West Egg and East Egg?
6. How is Daisy related to Nick?
7. Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first
scene at Daisy's house?
8. Describe Tom’s newfound philosophy based upon the book he
9. What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What
does it mean?

10. How does Nick react to Jordan?

11. What secret does Nick learn about Tom?
12. What does Tom's behavior reveal about his character?
13. What two things does Daisy tell the narrator on the porch?
14. What is Gatsby doing at the end of the chapter?
Close Reading

Look at page 13, when Nick enters the room where Jordan and Daisy
are relaxing.

15. How does Fitzgerald describe the two women?

16. What does that tell you about Nick?

17. What happens when Tom enters the room?

Quiz Chapter Two
1. Who or what is Doctor T.J. Eckleburg?
2. Symbolically, what are those eyes doing?

3. Describe the "valley of ashes." What does it look like and what does it

4. Why does the “motor road hastily joins the railroad and runs beside it for
a quarter of a mile”?

5. What do the ashes do in the valley?

6. Symbolically, why is everything made out of ashes?

7. Who is Myrtle?

8. How is she described?

9. Who is her husband and what does he do for a living?

10.How is her husband described? What colors are used to describe him?

11.How does Myrtle treat her husband? Include a QUOTE:

12.How does Myrtle act when she is at her apartment in the city? How does
she treat her guests?

13.TRUE or FALSE. Myrtle thinks she is “above” the help at her apartment.
Include a QUOTE that proves your answer.

14.What rumor does Nick hear about Gatsby?

15.What does Myrtle use as her excuse to justify her affair with Tom? Use a
QUOTE as your answer:

16.What more have you learned about Nick in this chapter? Is he similar or
different than the people he spends his time with?

17.Does Tom feel the same way about Myrtle that she does about him? How
can you tell?
18.What does Tom do to Myrtle at the end of the chapter? Why? What does
this reveal about him?
19.What colors are referred to repeatedly in this chapter? Why do you think
that Fitzgerald frequently brings up colors?
20. Answer the following in about a paragraph: Fitzgerald tries to write as if
the narrator is drunk. What stylistic tricks does he use to show that?
Quiz Chapter 3

1. What “rules of behavior” does Fitzgerald state the guests follow

at Gatsby’s parties?

2. Fitzgerald states that at Gatsby’s parties, “people were not

invited—they went there.” What does that mean?

3. What rumors have been told about Gatsby? List them.

4. Why, do you think, does Fitzgerald reveal rumors rather than


5. How does Nick finally meet Gatsby?

6. Describe Gatsby the first time Nick sees him.

7. What does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him?

8. What do Nick and Gatsby plan to do tomorrow?

9. How is Gatsby different from his guests?

10. How is Jordan described in ch. 3? What attitude does she

have about the party and those around her? Include a QUOTE:

11. What does Jordan mean when she says large parties are
"so intimate" and small parties have no privacy?

12. What story does Nick remember he heard about Jordan?

What kind of person does she seem to be?

13. Nick thinks he's one of the few honest people he knows,
why? Do you think he is honest?

14. Find and write down one place in Ch. 3 where Fitzgerald

15. Find and write down one place in Ch. 3 where Fitzgerald
uses a SIMILE:

16. Why do you think Fitzgerald uses figurative language

(simile, alliteration) in Ch. 3?
Quiz Chapter 4

1. List all of the rumors told about Gatsby.

2. Why does Fitzgerald list all of Gatsby's party guests?

3. Who is Klipspringer? What does he do?

4. What impression of Gatsby do you get from this quote:

“He was balancing himself on the dashboard of his car with that
resourcefulness of movement that is so peculiarly American—that
comes, I suppose, with the absence of lifting work or rigid sitting in
youth and, even more, with the formless grace of our nervous,
sporadic games.” (pg.68)

5. Why does Gatsby tell Nick about his life? Do you believe Gatsby?
Does Nick?

6. What nickname does Gatsby call Nick frequently? Why might

Gatsby call him that?

7. What “sad thing” happened to Gatsby?

8. Who is Meyer Wolfshiem? What does he do? What impression do

you have of him?

9. Who do Nick and Gatsby run into at the restaurant? What

happens to Gatsby at the restaurant?

10. What does Jordan's story of Daisy's marriage reveal about


11. Is Myrtle the first mistress Tom has ever had? How do you

12. Why did Gatsby buy a house in West Egg instead of East

13. What does Jordan ask Nick to do for Gatsby?

14. Who are the “casual moths” that Nick refers to (pages 43
and 83)?

15. Nick says, "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the
busy and the tired." What does Nick mean?
16. How does each character in the novel fit into this quote?


Chapter 5
Be sure to answer ALL PARTS of the questions to receive full
1. When Nick notices Gatsby’s house lit from tower to cellar, he
points it out to Gatsby and tells him, “Your place looks like the
world’s fair;” to which Gatsby replies absently, “I have been
glancing into some of the rooms.” What attitude does that
convey about Gatsby?

2. What activities does Gatsby ask Nick to do with him? Why do you
think he asks these?

3. Why does Gatsby offer Nick work? How does Nick feel about this?

4. Why does Gatsby deliver so many goods and services to Nick's


5. Describe the effect of rain on the plot.

6. How does Gatsby act before Daisy arrives? What does he do

once she arrives?

7. How does Gatsby look and act once Nick returns from hiding
outside? Include a QUOTE:

8. What are the “three states” Gatsby has gone through upon
seeing Daisy (pg. 97)?
9. How does Gatsby “revalue” everything in his house (pg. 96-97)?

10. Why does Daisy start crying after Gatsby shows off all his
shirts? What do you think is the real reason behind her crying?

11. Explain the significance of the green light.

12. Whose picture is hanging in Gatsby’s house?

13. How does Gatsby treat Klipspringer? Why do you think he
does that?

14. What is this quote an example of: “…there was a faint flow of
thunder along the sound..." ?

15. How long had Gatsby been pursuing Daisy?

16. What is the meaning of this quote:

“There must have been moments even that afternoon when

Daisy tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault
but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion.”

17. What do you think will happen between Daisy and Gatsby from
this point on in the book? What evidence from the book supports
your opinion?
Chapter 6: Be sure to answer ALL PARTS of the questions to
receive full credit!!

1. Why does a reporter show up on Gatsby’s doorstep?

2. Where is Gatsby actually from, and what type of people were his

3. What kind of work Gatsby doing before he met Dan Cody?

4. “[Gatsby] stayed there two weeks, dismayed at its ferocious

indifference to the drums of his destiny…” According to this
quote, how does Gatsby seem to perceive the world?

5. Who was Dan Cody? How did he help Gatsby?

6. Why doesn’t Gatsby drink?

7. Why is it that Gatsby didn’t inherit much money from Dan Cody?

8. How truthful was Gatsby when he relayed the story of his life to

9. Why does Nick say that he is telling the story of Jay Gatz now?
Include a QUOTE:

10. Describe the meeting of Tom and Gatsby at Gatsby’s


11. What does this meeting reveal about Tom?

12. What does this meeting reveal about Gatsby?

13. What does Gatsby call Tom when Gatsby is introducing him
to guests at the party?

14. Why did Daisy find Gatsby's party loathsome? Include a

15. What does Tom believe Gatsby does for a living? Why does
he think that?

16. What seems to be Daisy’s best quality? Fitzgerald refers to

it often.

17. What does Daisy claim Gatsby does for a living?

18. As Daisy is leaving the party, she looks longingly at

Gatsby’s mansion, and what thoughts seem to pass through her
mind (pg. 115)?

19. How did Gatsby measure the success of his party?

20. What does Gatsby expect will happen with his and Daisy’s

21. When Nick told Gatsby, "You can't repeat the past," Gatsby
replied, "Why of course you can!" Do you agree with Nick or
Gatsby? Why?

22. Find and write down an example of a SIMILE:

23. Find and write down an example of a METAPHOR:

24. What do you think will happen between Daisy and Gatsby from
this point on in the book? What evidence from the book supports
your opinion?
Chapter 7 pg. 119- 153
1. Who is Trimalchio?

2. Explain, in 3-5 sentences, the comparison of Gatsby to

Trimalchio. How are they similar? How are they different?

3. Why has Gatsby fired all of his old servants?

4. What is Tom doing on the phone when Gatsby and Nick arrive?

5. What does Daisy believe Tom is doing on the phone?

6. What does Daisy do when Tom leaves the room to make drinks?

7. Who do we finally meet in ch. 7?

8. How does Gatsby react to meeting this new person? Include a


9. Why does Tom start talking about the heat of the sun rising?
What is he trying to do?

10. How does Daisy accidentally let it slip at lunch that she is
in love with Gatsby?

11. How does Tom react?

12. What is Daisy’s voice “full of”?

13. What is the significance of why Tom asks to drive Gatsby’s


14. What is Wilson’s plan for he and his wife? Why do you think
he has this plan?

15. Compare George Wilson and Tom in 3-5 sentences. What

did each man learn about his wife and how did they each react?

16. Who is Myrtle staring at jealously from the window, and

17. Is Daisy discreet about her feelings for Gatsby? How can
you tell? Include EVIDENCE to support your opinion:

18. Summarize what happens in the hotel room:

19. Describe the fight between Gatsby and Tom. What do

these men think of each other? How are they similar and how are
they different?

20. Does Daisy seem to mean it when she says she is leaving
Tom? How can you tell?

21. Why does Tom allow Daisy to leave with Gatsby in Gatsby’s

22. What was significant about Nick's 30th birthday? How does
he feel about his birthday?

23. What happens to Myrtle? How was she killed?

24. How does Tom react to Myrtle’s death?

25. Why was Myrtle running out into the street anyway?

26. Who was actually driving the car that killed Myrtle?

27. What do you think Tom and Daisy were saying to each
other in the kitchen?

28. Are Tom and Daisy happy or unhappy? Include a QUOTE to

prove your point:

29. Do you think that Tom knew Daisy was driving the "death
car"? Why, why not?

30. At this point, how would you end the novel?


Chapter 8 pgs. 154-170
1. How does Fitzgerald achieve a melancholic mood in the beginning of
this chapter?

2. What had happened to the persona of Jay Gatsby when confronted with
Tom’s ‘hard malice’?

3. What kind of girl is Daisy?

4. What two things does Gatsby believe wealth ‘imprisons and

5. What is Daisy “safe and proud” above?

6. Why was Gatsby afraid to tell Daisy the truth about himself?

7. Why does Daisy seem to fall for Tom Buchanan?

8. What does the gardener want to do today?

9. Why does Gatsby NOT want the gardener to do that?

10.What compliment does Nick give Gatsby? Include a QUOTE:

11.What happens when Nick and Jordan talk on the phone?

12.How does Nick seem to feel about Jordan?

13.Who comforts George Wilson as he is distraught over his wife’s death?

14.Mr. Wilson claims he told Myrtle that she can’t fool God—and what is
he using as his reference for God?

15.What does Mr. Wilson do BEFORE he gets to Gatsby’s house?

16.What telephone message was Gatsby waiting for?

17.How is George Wilson described on pg. 169? Include a QUOTE:

18.Who finds Gatsby? List everyone who was there:

19.What else do they find by the pool?

20.What does Nick call this event?


Chapter 9 pgs. 171-194

1. Wilson is reduced to WHAT? Include a QUOTE:

2. How did Tom & Myrtle’s affair get covered up in the

3. Why does Nick feel responsible for getting Gatsby’s affairs in


4. Who did Nick call first? What was the result?

5. What was Wolfsheim’s response to Nick’s call?

6. Who shows up at Gatsby’s house after his death? How does he


7. Why does Klipspringer call? How does Nick react to his call?

8. What is Wolfsheim’s reason why he won’t be attending the

funeral (see pg. 180)? Include a QUOTE:

9. What does James Gatz’ childhood schedule tell us about Gatsby?

10. Who attends Gatsby's funeral? Why is this significant?

11. What does Nick say this “has been a story of”? Why does
he say this?

12. What is the purpose of Nick's last meeting with Jordan?

13. Describe Nick’s conversation with Jordan Baker.

14. When Jordan says, “Well, I met another bad driver, didn’t I?
I mean it was careless of me to make such a wrong guess. I
thought you were rather an honest, straighforward person. I
thought it was your secret pride.” What is Jordan talking about?
What does she mean?
15. How did Nick treat Tom later when he sees him in NYC?

16. Who told Wilson that it was Gatsby who ran over Myrtle?

17. Nick suddenly feels like he is talking to what?

18. Why does Nick call Tom and Daisy "careless people"?
Include a QUOTE:
19. What does the green light seem to symbolize for Gatsby?

20. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back
ceaselessly into the past.” This is the last line of the book. What
do you think it means? What significance does it hold?