The Great Gatsby

 F. Scott Fitzgerald


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Chapter 6


Short Answer Questions


  1. What does the following quote suggest about Gatsby’s youth?

“…his heart was in a constant and turbulent riot. The most grotesque and fantastic conceits haunted him in his bed at night”


  1. Who was Dan Cody?

  1. In what way could Dan Cody be described as James Gatz’s destiny?

  1. What was young Jay’s attitude to his parents and his background?

  1. What type of values and attitudes would lie behind the young Jay’s obsession with wealth and grandeur? What type of influences may have shaped these values and attitudes?

  1. Find two quotes which capture a sense of Tom’s feeling of belonging to a superior class.

  1. What insights into gender roles are illuminated by Tom’s comment? “ I may be old fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days”

  1. Describe Daisy’s attitude to the party? How do you account for it?

  1. What according to Gatsby doesn’t Daisy understand?

  1. Analyse the significance of the following statement; “he knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God (x ref “he was a son of God” pg 95 )

Chapter 7


  1. What comment does Daisy make that encapsulates the essential purposelessness of her life and indeed the society to which she belongs?

  1. The quality of Daisy’s voice is continually foregrounded in the novel. How does Fiztgerald employ it in this chapter to add symbolic meaning?

  1. Compare and contrast the emotional and psychological impact the awareness of their wives infidelity has on Tom and Wilson?

  1. What was the purpose of Tom drawing a comparison between Gatsby and Biloxi?

  1. How does the following outburst shape the reader’s attitudes towards Tom? “…Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and the next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white”

  1. What do you think Fitzgerald’s views on race were? To what extent would they challenge the values and attitudes of the society in 1920’s America?


  1. What does Daisy imply in her desperate retort “Oh you want too much”?

  1. Describe Daisy’s reaction to Tom’s accusations about Gatsby’s criminal associations?

  1. Explain the incidents surrounding Myrtle’s death.

  1. Why does Nick feel Daisy and Tom were conspiring together?