Questions for The Great Gatsby

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chapter 1

RL.1 Why do other people find it easy to confide in the narrator? 

RL.3 According to the narrator, what makes Gatsby different from other people? 

RL.3 In what ways is the narrator an outsider in this community?

EXTRA HELP Consider where he is originally from as well as the home he inhabits. 

RL.3 What is Tom Buchanan like? 

RL.3 What is unusual about Daisy's behavior after she catches Tom's mistress calling during dinner? 

RL.4 What does Daisy's comment about her daughter reveal about Daisy?

EXTRA HELP Why would it be bad for Daisy's daughter to be smart and understand the world around her? 

RL.3 What does Nick think of Tom and Daisy? 

chapter 2

RL.3 How does the valley of ashes compare to West Egg and East Egg?

EXTRA HELP Look back at the previous chapter and its description of the Buchanans' home. Note the colors used to describe that home and compare it to the colors in the valley of ashes. 

RL.4 What is ironic about Mrs. Wilson having that particular book in her apartment?

EXTRA HELP Follow the hyperlink above to learn about the book, then recall that Mrs. Wilson is having an affair with Tom Buchanan. 

RL.3 Do the characters in Myrtle's apartment seem sincere? Justify your answer with evidence from the text. 

RL.5 What is ironic about Myrtle's behavior here, given the context in which we first met her?

EXTRA HELP Recall the valley of the ashes and the garage. What class does Myrtle really belong to? 

RL.3 What is Myrtle's opinion of her husband? 

RL.3 What does Tom's behavior reveal about his attitude toward Myrtle? 

chapter 3

RL.3 Summarize in your own words what Gatsby's parties are like. 

RL.3 The host of these lavish parties is conspicuously missing. Why do you think Gatsby bothers to throw these parties if he doesn't seem to be present? 

RL.4 Explain what Jordan means when she compares large and small parties. 

RL.2 How would you characterize marriage among this group of people?

EXTRA HELP Notice how the husbands and wives are treating each other and talking about each other. 

RL.3 Based on your reading thus far, do you think Nick is an honest man? Justify your answer with textual evidence. 

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