The Great Gatsby Study Guide Chapter 1 1.What advice does Nick’s father give him? Why does Fitzgerald have Nick share his father’s advice with the reader? 2.What importance is there in Nick’s statement that “my family have been prominent, well-to-do people . . . for three generations”? 3.How is West Egg different from East Egg? 4.What is the relationship between Nick and Daisy and Tom Buchanan? 5.Describe Tom Buchanan. What tone does the author use in his description? 6.Who is the other person in the Buchanan home? 7.What annoys Nick about Tom’s response to Nick’s employment? 8.What unflattering feature of Jordan Baker’s personality is revealed? 9.When the telephone rings, why does Nick say that no one “was able utterly to put this fifth guest’s shrill metallic urgency out of mind? 10. Why is Nick’s instinct “to telephone immediate for the police”? 11. What is the reader left to think about Daisy’s emotional state and her relationship with Tom? 12. What does Daisy mean when she said of Pammy, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll bea fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful fool.”? 13. As Nick drives away from their house, he experiences a number of conflicting emotions. Why does he feel touched? Why does he feel confused and disgusted? 14. The green light that Gatsby is staring at is mentioned several more times and assumes symbolic significance. Where do you think the green light might be? What can it mean? 1.On a literal level, what is the valley of ashes? What might it represent on a symbolic level? 2.What overlooks the valley of ashes? What might they symbolize? 3. Contrast Daisy with Myrtle, Tom’s mistress.
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