Read “The Great Gatsby” then answer the following questions:
1. Explain what Fitzgerald achieved by using Nick’s point of view to tell Gatsby’s story?
2. What do we learn about Nick Carraway in the introductory section of the novel?
3. Compare the homes of Nick, Gatsby, and the Buchanans. How does each home reflect the personality of its owner?
4. Fitzgerald’s description of Tom, Daisy, and Jordan creates not only an impression of physical appearance, but also contains added information. What do you learn about their history and interests, and from their gestures and mannerisms?
5. When Nick leaves the Buchanan’s house, he is “confused and a little disgusted.” Why? What does this suggest about his values?
6. Though we do not meet Gatsby until Chapter 3, we hear references to him in the conversations of others. Note each reference. What impressions do you get?
7. In what way is the description in the opening paragraphs of Chapter 2 appropriate to the total atmosphere of this chapter? What is symbolic about the “valley of ashes,” and “the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg”?
8. Evaluate Myrtle’s talk of her unhappy marriage. What does she seem to be trying to justify?
9. How does Myrtle’s speech reveal her character?
10. What does the scene in this New York apartment reveal about Tom? About Myrtle?
11. Does Nick enjoy the afternoon at the apartment in New York? Why or why not?
12. Chapter 3 describes Gatsby’s “little party.” Enumerate details about the party itself, about the guests and about their conversation and behavior.
13. Describe the meeting between Nick and Gatsby. Comment on Fitzgerald’s skill in preparing for Gatsby’s entrance into the story.
14. In what way are Nick and Gatsby similar at this point? Why are they paradoxical?
15. What is the reason for Nick’s breaking the story at this point? Read the section beginning with “Reading over what I have written so far…
16. At the end of Chapter 3, Nick meets Jordan again. The author includes several episodes that emphasize her carelessness and basic dishonesty. Discuss these instances. What do they reveal about Jordan? About Nick?