Review Questions --
The Great Gatsby
- Nick Carraway begins by telling the reader some advice passed to
him from his father. What does this advice mean? Why does he begin
the novel with this information?
- Where is Nick from and what are three things that characterize
- What are some of the colors associated with the Buchanan's house?
- How are Jordan and Daisy first described? How does Nick know them?
- What is Tom Buchanan like?
- What issue does Tom raise at dinner?
- Daisy says she's a cynic. What does that mean? Why has she become
- Why does Daisy want her daughter to be a fool?
- What is Nick's impression of his evening with the Buchanans?
- What is Gatsby doing when Nick first sees him? Why doesn't Nick
- What is the Valley of the Ashes? Where is it?
- Who is Dr. T.J. Eckleburg? What might this be symbolic of?
- Who lives in the Valley of the Ashes?
- What are George and Myrtle Wilson like? What does George do for a
- Who comes to Tom and Myrtle's apartment party? How do these
characters relate to Myrtle?
- How does Myrtle behave at the apartment?
- Who is Catherine? Why does she lie about Daisy and Tom's reason
- Why did Myrtle really marry George Wilson? Why is she unhappy?
- How does Nick feel at the party? Why does he stay?
- What does Tom do to Myrtle at the apartment? How is this
consistent with his character? How does everyone else react? Why?
- Describe Gatsby's parties. Give as much detail as you can.
- Why do so many uninvited people attend Gatsby's parties? How do
people behave at the parties?
- Two girls gossip with Jordan Baker. What rumor do they spread? Why
is this incident important?
- Who is Owl Eyes and what does he notice about Gatsby's books? Why
is this significant?
- How does Nick meet Gatsby? What do they discuss?
- What happens at the close of Gatsby's party? Why is this incident
- Nick pauses from the story near the end of Chapter 3. What does he
want the reader to know? Why?
- What is Jordan Baker like? Why doesn't Nick mind that she is
- What phrase does Gatsby repeatedly use? Why might he call Nick
- What is Nick Carraway's "cardinal virtue"?
- What is Gatsby's biography? Why doesn't Nick believe it?
- Gatsby shows Nick his medal. What is Nick's reaction? Why? Where
- How does Gatsby get out of the speeding ticket on t he way to New
York City? What does this show us about Gatsby?
- How might the funeral procession be symbolic? What might it
- Who is Meyer Wolfsheim? What is his biggest gambling plot?
- What does Jordan tell Nick about Gatsby and Daisy? Why has Daisy
- How does Daisy first find out that Tom is cheating on her?
- According to Jordan, why did Gatsby buy the house in East Egg?
- What request does Gatsby have of Nick? Is this reasonable? Why?
- Why doesn't Gatsby want Daisy to know the real reason Nick has
invited her to tea? What does this tell us about Gatsby's
- What does Gatsby propose to Nick when he learns that Nick doesn't
earn a lot of money? What is Nick's reaction? Why?
- What colors does Gatsby wear to the tea party? Why might this
- How does Gatsby behave on the day of the tea with Daisy? Why?
- What is the initial encounter between Gatsby and Daisy like? What
is Gatsby's reaction-- what does he tell Nick?
- When Nick returns to the house, what do Gatsby and Daisy look
like? Why is this important?
- Nick informs Jay and Daisy that the rain has stopped. What might
this be symbolic of?
- What is important to Gatsby as he gives Daisy a tour of his home?
- What can Gatsby see across the bay? What might the green light
- Who is Ewing Klipspringer? What do the words of Klipspringer's
song tell us?
- What observation does Nick make about Gatsby's five-year
- What is the true story of Jay Gatsby? Be specific.
- What is shown in the scene with Tom a nd the other couple dropping
in on Gatsby? What is Tom's encounter with Jay like?
- Why does Gatsby decide to go to dinner with Mr. Sloane, the woman,
- Why does Tom decide to accompany Daisy to Gatsby's next party?
- Why is it ironic that Gatsby does not drink alcohol?
- What kind of conversation do Tom and Daisy have about Gatsby's
- Why does Gatsby ask Nick to stay after Daisy leaves? Why is Gatsby
concerned about Daisy's opinion?
- What does Gatsby want Daisy to do? What does Gatsby really
- What are Gatsby's beliefs about the past? Why is this important?
- What is the true story of Gatsby and Daisy? Why is this important?
- Give two reasons Gatsby may have decided to stop hosting parties.
- The weather is hot when Nick goes to meet Daisy. How might this be
- Why is Tom researching Gatsby's past? How does Tom live by a
- What does George Wilson want from Tom? Why?
- Why do Tom and Gatsby fight? What do they argue about? How does
Daisy appear to feel about the situation? Why?
- What does Gatsby tell Tom about himself and Daisy? Why are the men
so concerned about love?
- Why does Tom send Daisy home in Gatsby's car?
- Why does George lock up his wife? Myrtle calls George a coward
because he won't beat her. How is this ironic?
- Why does Myrtle go running out of the house after the car? What
happens to her?
- What color was the "death car" reported to be? Why is
this detail important?
- Compare Wilson's reaction to his wife's death to Tom's reaction.
- After the incident with Myrtle, Jay tells Nick the truth. Why does
he choose that moment to tell Nick the truth?
- What advice does Nick give Gatsby?
- Why is Gatsby so intent on winning Daisy over?
- Did Gatsby go to the war? How did he end up at Oxford?
- What did Gatsby do after he returned to America?
- Why does Nick tell Gatsby, "They're a rotten crowd . . .
You're worth the whole damn bunch put together"?
- How does George finally find out Myrtle is cheating on him?
- What role does the sign play in Myrtle's murder? How does the ad
"inspire" George? Who does George think killed Myrtle?
- Why does Gatsby go swimming?
- What happens to Gatsby and to Wilson?
- Why is Nick writing this story?
- Nick tries to invite Gatsby's "friends" to the funeral.
What happens? Why do people react the way they do?
- What is Henry Gatz like? What is his attitude about his son, Jay
- Who does come to Gatsby's funeral? How is this significant?
- What does Nick's dream symbolize? (p. 178)
- How does George find out Gatsby owned the car? Why does Nick
refuse to shake Tom's hand?
- Why does Nick see Jordan again?
- What is Nick's opinion of Tom and Daisy? How has Nick changed?
- What is the lesson we learn at the end of the novel?
- What "preyed" on Gatsby?