The Great Gatsby Study Guide Questions (jp)

Chapter 1

1. How does the narrator describe Gatsby?
2. From where did the narrator come and why?
3. Describe the narrator’s house.
4. Describe the Buchanans’ house.
5. How does Nick know Daisy and Tom?
6. Describe Tom. What is our impression of him in Chapter 1?
7. What kind of person is Daisy?
8. What did Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom?
9. When asked about her daughter, what does Daisy say?
10. How is Gatsby introduced into the novel?

Chapter 2

1.  What is the “valley of ashes”?
2.  What are the “eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg?
3.  Who did Tom take Nick to meet?
4.  Identify Myrtle and George Wilson.
5.  What did Mrs. Wilson buy while she was out with Tom and Nick?
6.  Where did they go? What was at 158th Street?
7.  Identify Catherine and Mr. & Mrs. McKee.
8.  What does Mr. McKee tell Nick about Gatsby?
9.  What reason did Myrtle give for marrying George Wilson?
10. What did Tom do to Myrtle when she mentioned Daisy’s name?

Chapter 3

1. Describe Gatsby’s wealth. List some of the things that represent wealth.
2. What kind of people come to Gatsby’s parties?
3. Why did Nick Carraway go to the party?
4. How does Nick meet Gatsby?
5. What are some of the stories about Gatsby?
6. Is Gatsby a “phony”?
7. Describe Nick’s relationship with Jordan.

Chapter 4

1. Who is Klipspringer?
2. What does Gatsby tell Nick about himself?
3. What “matter” did Gatsby have Jordan Baker discuss with Nick?
4. Who is Meyer Wolfshiem?
5.  What does Mr. Wolfshiem tell Nick about Gatsby?
6.  What does Jordan tell Nick about Daisy, Gatsby and Tom?

Chapter 5

1. Describe the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy. Why was he so nervous?
2. How long did it take Gatsby to make the money to buy the mansion?
3. Why did Gatsby want Daisy to see the house and his clothes?
4. What had the green light on the dock meant to Gatsby?
5. What had Gatsby turned Daisy into in his own mind?

Chapter 6

1. What is Gatsby’s real history? Where is he from, and what is his name?
2. What did Dan Cody do for Gatsby?
3. What is Daisy’s opinion of Gatsby’s party? How does this affect him?
4. What does Gatsby want from Daisy?

Chapter 7

  1. Who is Trimachio? Explain how this describes Gatsby.
  2. Describe Daisy and Gatsby’s new relationship.
  3. Compare George Wilson and Tom. What did each man learn about his wife and how did they each react?
  4. If Daisy says she’s never loved Tom, is there someone whom she thinks she loves?
  5. Describe the fight between Gatsby and Tom. What do these men think of each other? How are they similar and how are they different?
  6. What was significant about Nick’s 30th birthday?
  7. What do you think Tom and Daisy were saying to each other in the kitchen? Do you think that Tom knew Daisy was driving the “death car”? Why, why not?
  8. At this point, how would you end the novel?

    Chapter 8

  1. How does Fitzgerald achieve a melancholic mood in the beginning of this chapter?
  2. How are seasons used in constructing this novel?
  3. Who is Dan Cody and what is his significance in Gatsby’s life?
  4. How does Nick’s statement “You’re worth the whole bunch put together” show a change in Nick from the beginning of the novel?
  5. How does T. J. Eckleberg affect Mr. Wilson?

Chapter 9

  1. Why did Nick take care of Gatsby’s funeral?
  2. How was Jay Gatz’s childhood schedule consistent with the adult Gatsby’s behavior?
  3. Who attended Gatsby’s funeral? How and why is this significant?
  4. What is the purpose of Nick’s last meeting with Jordan?
  5. Why does Nick call Tom and Daisy “careless people”?

Post Reading

  1. Does this novel have villains and heroes? Why, why not? If yes, who fits into these categories and why?
  2. Nick is both part of the action and acting as an objective commentator. Does this narration style work? Why, why not?
  3. How did Fitzgerald use weather to reflect the mood of the story?
  4. Again, why are we still reading a book written in the 1920’s? What gives a book its longevity? And which of its themes are eternal in the American psyche.