The Great Gatsby Chapter I 1. How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the book? He describes himself as “inclined to reserve judgement on people”. 2. Why has Nick come to the East? He wanted to learn the bond business and live a different lifestyle. 3. How does Nick describe Tom Buchanan? He describes Tom as arrogant, wealthy, sturdy, and aggressive. 4. Who is Jordan Baker? She is Daisy’s friend; professional golfer, dated Nick, known liar 5. How does Daisy react to the phone calls from Tom’s woman in New York? She leaves the dinner table to fight/argue. 6. What is Gatsby doing when Nick first sees him? He stands on his lawn with his arms reaching towards the green light. 7. Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope or dream. Why does he do this? He is referencing the American Dream, the idea one can become successful no matter what position they are in. 8. Nick starts the novel by relaying his father's advice "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Does he reserve judgment in the novel? No; He judges people around him; Nick comes from wealth, sees both sides. Chapter II 1. How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress? He meets Myrtle in George’s auto-body garage. 2. How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival? Myrtle is overjoyed when Tom arrives. 3. Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival? He is Myrtle’s husband, typical middle class nice guy. He doesn’t think much of it, as he thought Tom was going to bring a car to sell since Wilson owns an auto shop. 4. How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? She gets more and more drunk and mad at Tom about Daisy.
5. Why, according to Catherine, has Tom not left Daisy to marry Myrtle? Tom does not want a divorce because Daisy is Catholic, and divorce goes against her religion. 6. Why did Tom break Myrtle’s nose? How is this consistent with the author’s description of him in Chapter 1? Judging by his treatment of Myrtle and his wife Daisy, what seems to be Tom’s attitude toward women? Tom breaks her nose because he told her to stop talking about Daisy. This shows exactly how the author described him as: aggressive, and short-tempered. Tom has no real love for women, and is clearly cheating on his wife.
- Fall '18
- Ketsia Charleston
- The Great Gatsby, Arnold Rothstein, Nick