The Great Gatsby
Study Guide Questions
another sheet of paper answer the following questions. Write your answers in
- What are the recent events in Nick's
life, which have most vividly affected his personality?
- How does Nick perceive himself?
- Describe the Buchanan’s house.
- How does Nick know Daisy and Tom?
- Describe Tom. What is your impression
- What kind of person is Daisy?
- How does Nick feel about Daisy and
Tom after his first visit with them?
- How does Nick fit into the East Egg
and West Egg societies?
- How does Fitzgerald introduce the
theme of gesture or superficiality?
- How much do we know about Gatsby at
the end of this chapter?
- What kind of place must one pass
through on the way between East/West Egg and New York City?
- What symbolic significance does the
optometrist's billboard play throughout the rest of the novel?
- Identify Myrtle and George Wilson.
- How does the get-together in the New York apartment
highlight the theme of the American Dream?
- What reason does Myrtle give for
marrying George Wilson?
- How is Myrtle contrasted with Daisy?
- What does Tom do to Myrtle when she
mentions Daisy’s name? Why?
- What kinds of people come to Gatsby’s
- How does Nick meet Gatsby?
- What mystique has developed about
- What purposes do the two digressions
(Owl-Eyes in the library and the car wreck) serve?
- What is happening to Nick's reaction
to Jordan Baker? What is their relationship?
- What is the common denominator to all
the stories about the people who meet at Gatsby's parties?
- Who is Klipspringer?
- What “matter” does Gatsby have Jordan
Baker discuss with Nick?
- Who is Wolfsheim? Where does Nick
- What does Wolfsheim tell Nick about
- How does Nick know that Gatsby is
lying when he starts his recitation of his life-story?
- What is the essence of Gatsby's
- What symbolic value does Daisy hold
for Gatsby, and how is it the culmination of all his dreams?
- Describe the meeting between Gatsby
and Daisy. Why is he so nervous?
- How does the Gatsby facade start to
fade when he comes over for tea?
- How long did it take Gatsby to make
the money to buy the mansion?
- Why does Gatsby want Daisy to see the
house and his clothes?
- What is significant about the scene
with Gatsby's shirts?
- What had the green light on the dock
meant to Gatsby?
- How does Daisy begin to fail Gatsby
as a dream-girl?
- Why does Nick tell us the story of
James Gatz now instead of earlier in the book?
- What is Gatsby’s real history? Where
is he from?
- What did Dan Cody do for Gatsby?
- How did the materialistic vision get
its start in Gatsby?
- What is Daisy’s opinion of Gatsby’s
party? How does this affect him?
- What does Gatsby mean by his fierce
reaction to Nick's statement about not repeating the past?
- How do we see Nick's coming to
understand the totality of Gatsby's vision?
- What does Gatsby want from Daisy?
- Why is Gatsby so disconcerted when he
sees the Buchanan child?
- How deftly does Fitzgerald handle the
mechanics of getting the people to New
- What does Wilson do to Myrtle? Why?
- What does Gatsby think about Daisy’s
relationship with Tom?
- Why does Gatsby insist that Daisy say
she never loved Tom? How does Tom react to the death of Myrtle?
- What happens on the way home from New York?
- Why does Gatsby take the blame about
- What is ironic about Gatsby's
watching the window for a signal, to make sure that Tom is not abusing
- What is the true relationship between
Daisy and Tom by the end of this chapter?
- What does Gatsby tell Nick about his
past? Is it true?
- How satisfactory is Nick's
explanation of Gatsby's attraction to Daisy?
- How do you explain Gatsby's remark
that Daisy's love for Tom was insignificant because it was just
- What does Michaelis believe caused
Myrtle to run?
- Why did she run?
- Why does Wilson believe Gatsby is a killer?
- What does Wilson do?
- Do we accept as coming from
Fitzgerald himself Nick's pronouncement that Gatsby is worth the rest of
- What is saddening about Wolfsheim's
not coming to Gatsby's funeral?
- Why does Fitzgerald introduce the
character of Mr. Gatz?
- What do we learn about Gatsby's
dream-future in his ledger in his copy of the Western novel?
- What does Nick say about people like
Daisy and Tom? How are we to judge Nick's reaction to Tom and Daisy?
- What happens between Nick and Jordan
- Why does Nick return to the Midwest?
- What significance lies in the passage
about the Dutch sailors? about the boats going against the current?
- How does this book show the
destructive power of the American Dream?
- How is The Great Gatsby still a
relevant novel for 2004?