The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Answer the following in full sentences below
each question. Print out and give to me including name.
Short Answer Questions
- 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”
- Who was Dan Cody?
- In what way could Dan Cody
be described as James Gatz’s destiny?
- What was young Jay’s
attitude to his parents and his background?
- 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
- Find two quotes which
capture a sense of Tom’s feeling of belonging to a superior class.
- 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”
- Describe Daisy’s attitude to
the party? How do you account for it?
- What according to Gatsby
doesn’t Daisy understand?
- 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 )
- What comment does Daisy make
that encapsulates the essential purposelessness of her life and indeed the
society to which she belongs?
- The quality of Daisy’s voice
is continually foregrounded in the novel. How does Fiztgerald employ it in
this chapter to add symbolic meaning?
- Compare and contrast the
emotional and psychological impact the awareness of their wives infidelity
has on Tom and Wilson?
- What was the purpose of Tom
drawing a comparison between Gatsby and Biloxi?
- 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”
- 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?
- What does Daisy imply in her
desperate retort “Oh you want too much”?
- Describe Daisy’s reaction to
Tom’s accusations about Gatsby’s criminal associations?
- Explain the incidents
surrounding Myrtle’s death.
- Why does Nick feel Daisy
and Tom were conspiring together?