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The Great Gatsby Exam


(100 Points) A. Matching (1 Point each)
Match the following characters with the correct descriptions. 1. Nick Carraway 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. ____________ a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven His cufflinks are made of human molars. The victim of a hit-and-run accident Daisys second cousin once removed He wants to buy Tom Buchanans car. She was incurably dishonest. a product of the Nevada silver fields, of the Yukon, of every rush for metal since seventyfive. Dan Codys protg He owns a yellow Rolls Royce The boarder in Gatsbys mansion

Jay Gatsby ____________ Dan Cody ____________ Jordan Baker ____________ Meyer Wolfshiem ____________ Tom Buchanan ____________ George Wilson ____________ ____________ ____________ ____________

8. Myrtle Wilson 9. Klipspringer 10. Henry C. Gatz

B. Matching (1 Point each)


Match the following quotations with the correct characters. You may use the same character more than once. 11. Her voice is full of money. 12. God knows what youve been doing, everything youve been doing. You may fool me, but you cant fool God! 13. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. 14. He ran over Myrtle like youd run over a dog and never even stopped his car. 15. Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. 16. Id to just get one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push you around. 17. I hate careless people. Thats why I like you. 18. Its up to us who are the dominant race to watch out or these other races will have control of things. 19. Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead. . . After that my own rule is to let everything alone. 20. I did love him once but I loved you too. _____ _____ c. Tom Buchanan _____ d. Jay Gatsby _____ e. George Wilson _____ f. Jordan Baker _____ _____ _____ g. Meyer Wolfshiem a. Nick Carraway b. Daisy Buchanan

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C. Multiple Choice (1 point each)


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Which of the following events does not occur during the twenties? a. Women receive the right to vote b. Prohibition is enforced c. World War I ends d. Duke Ellington performs for the Cotton Club

22. Which of the following statements demonstrates the thought process that the Harlem Renaissance opposes? a. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. b. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars and hired the whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. c. Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions and next theyll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white. d. God knows what youve been doing, everything youve been doing. You may fool me but you cant fool God! e. All of the above
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In which of the following lines from e.e. cummings Poem, or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal, does the author not use a commercial slogan to criticize commerces effect on art and patriotism in the U.S.? a. Art is O World O Life b. And theres a/ hun-dred-mil-lion-oth-ers, like/ all of you c. comes out like a ribbon lies flat on the brush d. from every B.V.D./ let freedom ring Which of the following symbols from The Great Gatsby best reflects the central theme of e.e. cummings Poem, or Beauty Hurts Mr. Vinal? a. Nicks clock c. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg b. Gatsbys yellow car d. The green light

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25. Where do Myrtle and George Wilson live? a. West Egg c. Valley of Ashes b. East Egg d. New York City 26. Where does Jay Gatsby live? a. West Egg b. East Egg 27. Where do Tom and Daisy Buchanan live? a. West Egg b. East Egg 28. Where does Nick Caraway live? a. West Egg b. East Egg c. Valley of Ashes d. New York City c. Valley of Ashes d. New York City c. Valley of Ashes d. New York City

Name: _______________ 29. Which of the following characters can be considered old money? a. Daisy Buchanan c. Jay Gatsby b. Dan Cody d. George Wilson 30. Which of the following characters is a member of the working class? a. Daisy Buchanan c. Jay Gatsby b. Dan Cody d. George Wilson 31. With whom does Myrtle Wilson have an affair? a. Nick Carraway c. Tom Buchanan b. Jay Gatsby d. Meyer Wolfsheim 32. With whom does Daisy Buchanan have an affair? a. Nick Carraway c. George Wilson b. Jay Gatsby d. Meyer Wolfsheim
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Which of the following colors is not associated with Daisy Buchanan? a. Yellow c. Blue b. White d. Green c. Myrtle Wilson d. Daisy Buchanan

34. Who does Nick date? a. Jordan Baker b. Ella Kaye


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Which of the following statements best describes Nick Carraways role as the narrator? a. As readers, we know the thoughts of every character. b. As readers, we can trust Nick completely. c. As readers, we only know what Nick tells us. d. None of the above.

36. What gift does Tom buy for his mistress in chapter 2? a. a pearl necklace c. golf clubs b. a dress d. a puppy 37. What does Gatsby always call Nick? a. Pal b. Buddy c. Old sport d. Old man

38. From where does Gatsby claim to recognize Nick? a. He recognizes him from the war. b. He knew him in college. c. Daisy told him about Nick. d. Meyer Wolfshiem told him about Nick. 39. Where is the billboard of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg? a. West Egg c. Valley of Ashes b. East Egg d. New York City

Name: _______________ 40. Which of the following describes Dr. T.J. Eckleburg? a. Dr. T.J. Eckleburg sees everything. b. Dr. T.J. Eckleburg represents commercialism and materialism. c. Dr. T.J. Eckleberg has blue eyes and yellow spectacles. d. George and Myrtle Wilson live across from Dr. T.J. Eckleburg. e. All of the above. 41. Which of the following statements describes the green light across from Jay Gatsbys mansion? a. The green light symbolized Gatsbys goal in life. b. The green light was on the property of Daisy Buchanans mansion. c. The green light represented Gatsbys jealousy of Tom Buchanan. d. All of the above. e. None of the above. 42. In chapter 4 how does Gatsby explain his wealth? a. He inherited it from his family. b. He won it in the war. c. He earned it through bootlegging. d. He earned it by playing the stock market. 43. How does Jay Gatsby really earn his money? a. He inherits the money from his parents. b. He earns most of his money from the war. c. He earns most of his money through the stock market. d. He owes his wealth to bootlegging and gambling.
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Which of the following statements best describes Meyer Wolfsheim? a. He represents the seedy side of New York City with which Gatsby is connected. b. He represents the growing popularity of the stock market. Both he and Nick sell and trade bonds. c. He is a musician who represents the growing influence of jazz music in New York City. d. He is a politician in New York. Wolfsheim is living proof that the New York political system is corrupt.

45. Where was Daisy Buchanan originally from? a. Chicago c. California b. Louisville d. North Dakota

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In chapter 5 when Gatsby reunites with Daisy, Fitzgerald writes, His [Gatsbys] head leaned back so far that it rested against the face of a defunct [broken] mantelpiece clock and from this position his distraught eyes stared down at Daisy who was sitting frightened but graceful on the edge of a stiff chair. Which of the following best reflects this description of Jay Gatsby? a. Cant repeat the past? he cried incredulously. Why of course you can! b. I had expected that Mr. Gatsby would be a florid and corpulent person in his middle years. c. Well, they say hes a nephew or a cousin of Kaiser Wilhelms. Thats where all his money comes from. d. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. Which of the following statements best explains the significance of Gatsbys shirts in chapter 5? a. By throwing his shirts around the room, Gatsby rejects his wealth in front of Daisy. b. By throwing his shirts around the room, he proves that he has more money than Nick. c. When Daisy sees the shirts, she suddenly realizes that she should not have given up on Gatsby when he was poor. d. None of the above. c. California d. North Dakota c. He was a stockbroker. d. He was a bootlegger.

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48. Where was Gatsby originally from? a. Chicago b. Louisville 49. What did Gatsbys father do for a living? a. He was a farmer. b. He was a teacher.

50. Who cheats Gatsby out of his inheritance from Dan Cody? a. Myrtle Wilson c. Tom Buchanan b. Ella Kaye d. Daisy Buchanan 51. Why does Tom go to Gatsbys party in chapter 6? a. He wants to watch Daisy. c. He wants to make business connections. b. He just wants to have fun. d. He wants to play polo. 52. In chapter 7, why does Gatsby fire all of his almost all of his servants? a. He did not fire them; they quit because they were tired of cleaning up after all of his parties. b. He did not want them to gossip. c. They were stealing from him. d. He could no longer afford them.

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Which of the following statements best describes the Buchanans daughter? a. Tom Buchanan is incredibly devoted to her. b. She resembles her mother. Likewise, she will probably become like her mother. c. Tom and Daisy hardly ever mention her. They seem to be more concerned with material goods. d. None of the above. c. Tom Buchanan d. Meyer Wolfsheim

54. Who kills Jay Gatsby? a. Nick Carraway b. George Wilson

55. Which of the following characters shows up at Gatsbys funeral? a. The man with the owl eyes c. Dan Cody b. Meyer Wolfsheim d. Klipspringer 56. By the end of the main narrative, how old is Nick? a. 25 c. 33 b. 30 d. 35
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Which of the following statements concerning the nouveau riche in The Great Gatsby is true? a. George and Myrtle Wilson are both members of the nouveau riche. b. East Egg consists mostly of members of the nouveau riche. c. Stereotypically, members of the nouveau riche are reserved. They tend to keep to themselves. d. It was not unusual for a member of the nouveau riche in The Great Gatsby to be involved in bootlegging. Which of the following statements best characterizes the stereotype of the nouveau riche? a. Its up to us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things. b. Across the courtesy bay the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water. c. His [Tom Buchanans] family were enormously wealthy even in college his freedom with money was a matter of reproach. d. On weekends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight. Which of the following quotations best exemplifies the theme of Existentialism? a. With Jordans slender golden arm resting in mine we descended the steps and sauntered about the garden. b. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars and hired the whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. c. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

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Name: _______________ d. God knows what youve been doing, everything youve been doing. You may fool me but you cant fool God! 60. Which of the following quotations best exemplifies the theme of materialism? a. With Jordans slender golden arm resting in mine we descended the steps and sauntered about the garden. b. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars and hired the whole floor of the Seelbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars. c. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. d. God knows what youve been doing, everything youve been doing. You may fool me but you cant fool God!

Name: _______________ D. Short Answer (10 points each) Use a paragraph to respond to two of the three questions. If you answer all three, then I will grade the first two. Make sure that you support each answer with at least three specific examples. I am mostly interested in how you support your ideas.
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How is The Great Gatsby a criticism of old money and the nouveau riche? What are stereotypical characteristics of each group in the novel?

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Explain the role of the 18th Amendment in The Great Gatsby. Use specific examples to support your ideas.

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How does F. Scott Fitzgerald criticize the American Dream in The Great Gatsby? Use specific examples to support your ideas.

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E. Bonus (1 point each)


When did Fitzgerald publish The Great Gatsby? What was the name of Fitzgeralds wife? Specifically, what was e.e. cummings occupation during World War I?

F. Essay Question (20 points)


In 1920 Congress ratified the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. This gave rise to the notion of the liberated woman and forced men to reevaluate the role of women in American society. Likewise, in The Great Gatsby we see different views of women. Pick one of the male characters from the novel and explore his perception of the role of women in society. Then choose one of the female characters. How does she perceive the role of women? For this essay you should have at least four paragraphs. The first paragraph should involve your introduction where you develop your thesis statement. Your next two paragraphs should be your body paragraphs where you describe each characters perception of women. I am looking specifically for examples to support your argument. Your last paragraph should be your conclusion. In particular, take the time to compare and contrast the ideas of the two characters you choose. Do not feel like you need to restrict yourself to just four paragraphs. If another one is needed to prove your argument more effectively, then please go ahead and do so. Notice that I will take off a point for every time I see a contraction or an abbreviation.