The Great Gatsby Study Guide

Performance Indicators:


P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.


PART 1  Identify each character by indicating who each is and what role each plays relative to the protagonist and his conflict.

Nick Carraway
Tom Buchanon
Daisy Buchanon
Jordan Baker
Jay Gatsby                                                                                                
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg
George Wilson
Myrtle Wilson
Mrs. McKee
Mr. McKee
James Gatz
Dan Cody
Meyer Wolfsheim
Rosy Rosenthal
Mr. Klipspringer
Ella Kaye
Mr. Sloane
Bill Biloxi
Henry C. Gatz
Owl Eyes


PART 2   Identify each location indicating the significant event(s) that occur at each place.

West Egg
East Egg
Louisville, Kentucky
Nick’s Cottage
The Old Metropole
Oxford College                                                                                                               
Camp Taylor
Wilson’s Garage
Plaza Hotel
Valley of Ashes




PART 3  Determine to the best of your ability what each of the following symbols represent in revealing insight to how the protagonist confronts his conflict.

The moon
The green light
Gatsby’s Library
Dr. T.J. Eckleburg                                                                                  
Owl Eyes
Valley of Ashes
East Egg/West Egg
Various Colors
The Weather


PART 4  After you complete reading a chapter write at least three questions that you feel capture the essential events presented in the chapter.  The questions should address how the protagonist’s conflict is advanced/complicated.