Great Gatsby Questions Flashcard Example #25025

1.0 Study Questions Chapter 1
1.0 Answers Chapter 1
1. Who is the narrator of the story? Chapter 1
1. Nick Carraway tells the story as he learns it from various sources. Chapter 1
2. What is the significance of the white space between paragraphs 4 and 5? Chapter 1
2. The white space indicates where the flashback to Nick’s experience in New York begins. Chapter 1
3. From what part of the country does Nick originally come? Chapter 1
3. The Midwest is the home of Nick and his ancestors, a part of the country in touch with the soil and wholesome American values. Chapter 1
4. Why has Nick moved to New York? Chapter 1
4. After the war, he is looking for a better job than the Midwest provides. Chapter 1
5. How does Nick come to live next door to Jay Gatsby? Chapter 1
5. He rents a bungalow with a friend who subsequently transfers to Washington, leaving Nick without a roommate. Chapter 1
6. Where had Nick known Tom Buchanan before? Chapter 1
6. They had been in school together at Yale. Chapter 1
7. What is Jordan Baker’s relationship to Daisy Buchanan? Chapter 1
7. The two had been friends in Louisville, Kentucky. Daisy is two years older than Jordan. Chapter 1
8. What does Nick learn from Jordan when Tom is called to the phone? Chapter 1
8. Tom has “a woman” in New York. Jordan enjoys eavesdropping. Chapter 1
9. What is the “secret society”? Chapter 1
9. The “secret society” consists of distinguished people who, seemingly, are above the law; their social standing is power. Chapter 1
10. What does Nick see Gatsby doing at the end of the chapter? Chapter 1
10. Gatsby is stretching out his arms toward a green light at the end of a dock across the water in a worshipful stance. Chapter 1
2.0 Study Questions Chapter 2
2.0 Answers Chapter 2
1. What is the Valley of Ashes literally? Chapter 2
1. It is an area, something like an isthmus, joining West Egg and East Egg. It parallels a railroad track. Chapter 2
2. Who or what is Dr. T. J. Eckleburg? Chapter 2
2. The picture of Dr. Eckleburg, an oculist in a bygone age, appears on a billboard in the Valley of Ashes. Chapter 2
3. What is George Wilson’s occupation? Chapter 2
3. Wilson pumps gas and repairs cars. Chapter 2
4. What items does Myrtle purchase in the city? Chapter 2
4. She purchases Town Tattle magazine, cold cream, perfume, and a puppy. She has another list to buy the next day: “a massage and a wave, and a collar for the dog, and one of those cute little ash-trays where you touch a spring, and a wreath with a black silk bow for mother’s grave that’ll last all summer.” Chapter 2
5. What is significant about Myrtle’s questioning whether the dog is a boy or girl? Chapter 2
5. She cannot acknowledge the sex of the dog—it is too delicate an issue—but she herself is involved in an illicit sexual relationship. Chapter 2
6. Who is Catherine? Chapter 2
6. Catherine is Myrtle’s sister procured as a companion for Nick. She may be a prostitute since she “lived with a girl friend at a hotel.” Chapter 2
7. What effect does the change of dress have on Myrtle? Chapter 2
7. She is transformed as vitality changes to “impressive hauteur.” Chapter 2
8. How does Myrtle talk about the help at the hotel? Chapter 2
8. She refers to them as an inferior order; she has changed roles as she has changed clothes. Chapter 2
9. What rumor has Catherine heard about Gatsby? Chapter 2
9. He is a nephew or cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm’s. Chapter 2
10. How does Catherine explain to Nick the affair of Myrtle and Tom? Chapter 2
10. According to Catherine, Daisy is Catholic and refuses to give Tom a divorce. Chapter 2
3.0 Study Questions Chapter 3
3.0 Answers Chapter 3
1. What kinds of cars does Gatsby use to transport guests? Chapter 3
1. His station wagon and a Rolls-Royce provide transportation for the guests. Chapter 3
2. How do the guests behave? Chapter 3
2. The guests display the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks. Chapter 3
3. What does Nick wear to the party? Chapter 3
3. He dresses up in his white flannels. Chapter 3
4. How does Gatsby interact with the guests? Chapter 3
4. He does not participate. Chapter 3
5. What observation does Owl Eyes make about Gatsby’s library? Chapter 3
5. 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. Chapter 3
6. What is Nick’s first opinion of Gatsby? Chapter 3
6. He is impressed with his smile and his genuine interest. Chapter 3
7. What happens at the end of the party as the guests are leaving? Chapter 3
7. A wheel comes off a drunken guest’s car, and the occupants end up in a ditch. Chapter 3
8. What does Gatsby’s formal gesture of waving farewell remind us of? Chapter 3
8. Earlier he extended his arm over the bay toward the green light. Chapter 3
9. What story does Nick recall about Jordan, and what is the catalyst for his remembering? Chapter 3
9. 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. Chapter 3
10. How does Nick provide a contrast, a foil character, to Jordan? Chapter 3
10. Jordan is “incurably dishonest”; Nick is exceedingly honest. Chapter 3
4.0 Study Questions Chapter 4
4.0 Answers Chapter 4
1. What is the date at this point in the novel? Chapter 4
1. It is now July 5 1922 and shortly thereafter. Chapter 4
2. Whom does Nick encounter at Gatsby’s party? Chapter 4
2. Somewhat surprisingly, he runs into Jordan Baker. Chapter 4
3. What is the suggestion about Henry L. Palmetto’s death? Chapter 4
3. It was a suicide prompted by some dark dealing or situation. Chapter 4
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? Chapter 4
4. It is like a god’s chariot. Chapter 4
5. What phrase does Gatsby repeatedly use to address Nick and others? Chapter 4
5. He often calls others “Old Sport,” a phrase he perhaps picked up while studying briefly at Oxford. Chapter 4
6. In what country did Gatsby receive a medal “For Valour Extraordinary”? Chapter 4
6. In tiny Montenegro he was recognized for valor. Chapter 4
7. Who fixed the World Series in 1919, according to Gatsby? Chapter 4
7. According to Gatsby, the Series was fixed by one man—Wolfsheim, a fictional character based on a real person. Chapter 4
8. Why is Daisy’s reputation so pristine? Chapter 4
8. Daisy does not drink. Chapter 4
9. For how long has Gatsby been pursuing Daisy? Chapter 4
9. Gatsby has been reading papers, keeping clippings, looking tirelessly for Daisy for five years. Chapter 4
10. What phrase keeps coming back to Nick? Chapter 4
10. Nick remembers the saying, “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” Chapter 4
5.0 Study Questions Chapter 5
5.0 Answers Chapter 5
1. Why does Nick say Gatsby’s house looks like the World’s Fair? Chapter 5
1. It is so lit up late at night. Chapter 5
2. How does Gatsby’s gardener help prepare for Daisy’s visit? Chapter 5
2. He cuts Nick’s grass as well as Gatsby’s. Chapter 5
3. How does Gatsby dress for the rendezvous with Daisy? Chapter 5
3. He wears a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, accouterments fit for a god. Chapter 5
4. Who is the Finn referred to in chapter 5? Chapter 5
4. She is Nick’s domestic help. Chapter 5
5. How long has it been since Daisy and Gatsby had seen each other? Chapter 5
5. Gatsby has counted every minute for these five years they have been apart. Chapter 5
6. What does Gatsby’s maid do when leaning out a central bay window? Chapter 5
6. She spits, an incongruous action in such a setting. Chapter 5
7. In what way are the various rooms in Gatsby’s mansion described in historical terms? Chapter 5
7. The description includes Marie Antoinette music-rooms and Restoration salons, a sort of continental decor. Chapter 5
8. Who was Gatsby’s first benefactor? Chapter 5
8. Dan Cody, who had made money from silver and gold fields, took him aboard his yacht. Chapter 5
9. What part does nature play in the rendezvous? Chapter 5
9. It rains. Chapter 5
10. Who provides the musical background for the love scene? Chapter 5
10. When Daisy and Gatsby are reunited, Klipspringer plays the piano. Chapter 5
6.0 Study Questions Chapter 6
6.0 Answers Chapter 6
1. In what state did Gatsby grow up? Chapter 6
1. Gatsby was reared in North Dakota. Chapter 6
2. What was his real name? Chapter 6
2. He was named James or Jimmy Gatz. Chapter 6
3. What was Dan Cody’s background? Chapter 6
3. Apparently, he had made a fortune in metals from Nevada silver fields and gold in the Yukon. Chapter 6
4. Who was Ella Kaye? Chapter 6
4. Ella Kaye was Cody’s mistress. Chapter 6
5. How much was to have been Gatsby’s inheritance from Cody? Chapter 6
5. He was to receive $25,000. Chapter 6
6. Why did he not receive it? Chapter 6
6. Ella Kaye found a legal strategy to cut him out and inherit Cody’s millions herself. Chapter 6
7. What is the significance of the threesome not waiting for Gatsby? Chapter 6
7. He does not understand that their invitation is superficial; in fact, he is being insulted without being aware of it. Chapter 6
8. Why was Daisy appalled at Gatsby’s party? Chapter 6
8. The sophistication and restraint of the “secret society are missing.” The vitality and simplicity of Gatsby’s guests are virtually palpable, and Daisy is unappreciative. Chapter 6
9. How did Tom charge Gatsby with making his money? Chapter 6
9. Tom denounces Gatsby as a bootlegger. Chapter 6
10. In what season of the year had Gatsby met and kissed Daisy? Chapter 6
10. He had known her in Louisville in the autumn of the year. Chapter 6
7.0 Study Questions Chapter 7
7.0 Answers Chapter 7
1. Why does Gatsby let all his domestic help go? Chapter 7
1. He dismisses them to accommodate meetings with Daisy and her wish for privacy. Chapter 7
2. Whom does he use instead? Chapter 7
2. He uses connections of Wolfsheim’s, people who owed him favors. Chapter 7
3. Why do the characters decide to go to New York? Chapter 7
3. They want to escape the heat and boredom. Chapter 7
4. What does Pammy wear when she comes into the room? Chapter 7
4. Like her mother, she wears white. Chapter 7
5. What does Gatsby say about Daisy’s voice? Chapter 7
5. Her voice is “full of money.” Chapter 7
6. What does Tom drive to New York? Chapter 7
6. He drives Gatsby’s yellow car. Chapter 7
7. Who rides with Gatsby? Chapter 7
7. Only Daisy rides with Gatsby. Chapter 7
8. What comment does Tom make about drug stores? Chapter 7
8. You can buy gasoline or most anything else at such stores—even liquor, he implies. Chapter 7
9. Of what does Tom accuse Gatsby? Chapter 7
9. He accuses him of bootlegging, gambling, swindling, and even something bigger and more damaging than these. Chapter 7
10. How old is Nick at the party? Chapter 7
10. Nick turns 30 years old on this day. Chapter 7
8.0 Study Questions Chapter 8
8.0 Answers Chapter 8
1. How late does Gatsby stand outside Daisy’s house, waiting to see if she needed him? Chapter 8
1. He waits until 4:00 a.m. Chapter 8
2. Why is Gatsby’s house unkempt? Chapter 8
2. He has released all of his servants. Chapter 8
3. Why does Nick advise Gatsby to go away a while? Chapter 8
3. Nick is confident the car will be traced to Gatsby, putting Gatsby’s life in jeopardy. Chapter 8
4. Where had Gatsby met Daisy, according to the story he tells Nick? Chapter 8
4. He met her while he was at Camp Taylor from which he and other officers went to visit Daisy. Chapter 8
5. What might Fitzgerald mean in describing Daisy’s porch as “bright with the bought luxury of starshine”? Chapter 8
5. The brightness in her description results from somebody’s materialism. Chapter 8
6. Why didn’t Gatsby return to Daisy immediately after the war? Chapter 8
6. He was sent to study at Oxford. Chapter 8
7. When Gatsby returned to Louisville, where was Daisy? Chapter 8
7. She was on her wedding trip with Tom. Chapter 8
8. Why is the chauffeur about to drain the pool? Chapter 8
8. With autumn approaching, leaves will fall and clog up the pipes. Chapter 8
9. Why does Gatsby ask him to wait? Chapter 8
9. He plans to take his first swim of the season in it. Chapter 8
10. After learning who owns the yellow death car, what does Wilson do? Chapter 8
10. Wilson kills Gatsby and then turns the gun on himself. Chapter 8
9.0 Study Questions Chapter 9
9.0 Answers Chapter 9
1. How is Gatsby’s death explained by the press in local newspapers? Chapter 9
1. Wilson is a “madman,” reduced to a “man deranged by grief.” Chapter 9
2. How does Catherine respond to questions about her sister? Chapter 9
2. She declares she has never known Gatsby, that she was “completely happy with her husband,” and that she has never been involved in any kind of mischief. Chapter 9
3. How does Wolfsheim’s letter attempt to explain his not attending the funeral? Chapter 9
3. He is tied up in important business and cannot “get mixed up in this thing now.” Chapter 9
4. Who is Henry C. Gatz? Chapter 9
4. He is Gatsby’s father from Minnesota. Chapter 9
5. Why does Klipspringer call? Chapter 9
5. He calls about some shoes he left at Gatsby’s, not out of concern. Chapter 9
6. When Nick locates Wolfsheim’s office and demands to see him, what is ironic about the situation? Chapter 9
6. Wolfsheim is sinister and apparently ruthless, but he is whistling “The Rosary.” Chapter 9
7. How does Wolfsheim remember Gatsby? Chapter 9
7. He was a major, just coming out of the army, covered with medals. Chapter 9
8. Why did Gatsby continue to wear Army uniforms? Chapter 9
8. He was so poor he could not afford regular clothes. Chapter 9
9. What could Nick mean when he concludes, “This has been a story of the West, after all—”? Chapter 9
9. It is the story of the Western continent as well as the Midwest contrasted with the East. Chapter 9
10. What is the meaning of the last paragraph, the metaphor, of the book? Chapter 9
10. We persist in our drive forward, but, like boats moving against the current, we are always borne back into the past. As the National Archives has it, “The past is prologue to the future.” Chapter 9

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