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1. How does
the narrator describe Gatsby? He says Gatsby had an extraordinary gift for
hope, a romantic readiness such as he had never found in another person.
2. From where
did the narrator come and why? The narrator came from the Midwest to study
the bond business.
the narrator's house. The house is very average, middle-class. It is
nothing extraordinary like his neighbors‘houses. It is small and sort-of stuck
in between the mansions, as if it had been overlooked.
the Buchanans' house. The Buchanans have a Colonial Georgian mansion. It is
very formal and traditional.
5. How does
Nick know Daisy and Tom? Daisy is Nick's cousin, and he knew Tom from his
Tom. What is our impression of him in Chapter 1? Tom has an athletic build
and an arrogant attitude. He is an old-money snob.
7. What kind
of person is Daisy? In this chapter, we see Daisy as a flighty
8. What did
Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom? She told him that Tom had a mistress. It is
interesting to note that she thought "everyone“knew about Tom's mistress,
and yet she whispers a "family secret" about the butler’s nose.
9. When asked
about her daughter, what does Daisy say? Daisy says, "I’m glad it’s a
girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this
world, a beautiful little fool."
10. How is
Gatsby introduced into the novel? His name first comes up in conversation between
Nick and Jordan. Later, Nick sees him out on the lawn in the moonlight, but
Gatsby quickly vanishes. These first appearances help introduce Gatsby's
1. What is
the "valley of ashes"? The valley of ashes is an industrial zone
on the way to the city. It sharply contrasts with the wealthy neighborhoods of
Gatsby and the Buchanans.
2. What are
the "eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg? They are on a billboard, apparently
close to George B. Wilson's garage, near the valley of ashes.
3. Who did Tom
take Nick to meet? Tom took Nick to meet his mistress.
Myrtle and George Wilson. Myrtle Wilson was Tom's mistress?. George was her
husband, who, we learn later, kills Gatsby and himself.
5. What did
Mrs. Wilson buy while she was out with Tom and Nick? She bought a dog.
6. Where did
they go? What was at 158th Street? They
went to an apartment that Tom apparently kept for their meetings
1. What kinds of cars does Gatsby use to transport guests? His station
wagon and a Rolls-Royce provide transportation for the guests.
2. How do the guests behave? The
guests display the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks.
3. What does Nick wear to the party? He
dresses up in his white flannels.
4. How does Gatsby interact with the
guests? He does not participate.
5. What observation does Owl Eyes
make about Gatsby’s library? The library contains real books though the
pages have yet to be cut. Here, and in references to Tom’s “reading,” the
emphasis seems to be on pseudo-intellectualism.
6. What is Nick’s first opinion of
Gatsby? He is impressed with his smile and his genuine interest.
7. What happens at the end of the
party as the guests are leaving? A wheel comes off a drunken guest’s car,
and the occupants end up in a ditch.
8. What does Gatsby’s formal gesture
of waving farewell remind us of? Earlier he extended his arm over the bay
toward the green light.
9. What story does Nick recall about
Jordan, and what is the catalyst for his remembering? She “had moved her
ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round” of a golf tournament. Nick
remembers this scandal as he and Jordan are “on a house-party together up in
Warwick,” and she leaves a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and
then lied about it.
10. How does Nick provide a contrast,
a foil character, to Jordan? Jordan is “incurably dishonest”; Nick is
1. What is the date at this point in
the novel? It is now July 5 1922 and shortly thereafter.
2. Whom does Nick encounter at
Gatsby’s party? Somewhat surprisingly, he runs into Jordan Baker.
3. What is the suggestion about Henry
L. Palmetto’s death? It was a suicide prompted by some dark dealing or
4. In the description of Gatsby’s
car, what is the significance of its being bright with nickel and swollen in
its monstrous length with all kinds of boxes? It is like a god’s chariot.
5. What phrase does Gatsby repeatedly
use to address Nick and others? He often calls others “Old Sport,” a phrase
he perhaps picked up while studying briefly at Oxford.
6. In what country did Gatsby receive
a medal “For Valour Extraordinary”? In tiny Montenegro he was recognized
7. Who fixed the World Series in
1919, according to Gatsby? According to Gatsby, the Series was fixed by one
man—Wolfsheim, a fictional character based on a real person.
8. Why is Daisy’s reputation so
pristine? Daisy does not drink.
9. For how long has Gatsby been pursuing Daisy? Gatsby has been
reading papers, keeping clippings, looking tirelessly for Daisy for five years.
10. What phrase keeps coming back to
Nick? Nick remembers the saying, “There are only the pursued, the pursuing,
the busy, and the tired.”
1. Why does Nick say Gatsby’s house
looks like the World’s Fair? It is so lit up late at night.
2. How does Gatsby’s gardener help
prepare for Daisy’s visit? He cuts Nick’s grass as well as Gatsby’s.
3. How does Gatsby dress for the
rendezvous with Daisy? He wears a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and
gold-colored tie, accouterments fit for a god.
4. Who is the Finn referred to in
chapter 5? She is Nick’s domestic help.
5. How long has it been since Daisy
and Gatsby had seen each other? Gatsby has counted every minute for these
five years they have been apart.
6. What does Gatsby’s maid do when
leaning out a central bay window? She spits, an incongruous action in such
7. In what way are the various rooms
in Gatsby’s mansion described in historical terms? The description includes
Marie Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons, a sort of continental
8. Who was Gatsby’s first benefactor?
Dan Cody, who had made money from silver and gold fields, took him aboard
9. What part does nature play in the
rendezvous? It rains.
10. Who provides the musical background
for the love scene? When Daisy and
Gatsby are reunited, Klipspringer plays the piano.
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