The Great Gatsby 2 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Ascertain
Determine
vacuous
empty
garrulous
talkitive
wan
pale/lacking color
supercilious
(adj.)
disdainful
arrogant superiority
condescending
Nebulous
vague; indistinct
Strident
Harsh and insistent
provinical
uncultured, unrefined, unpolished
credulity
N – gullibility
privy
privately aware of
intimation
a hint or suggestion
hulking
heavy and clumsy; bulky
conceits
N – excessive self-pride
Sinister
Suggesting or threatening evil
provincial
having attitudes and opinions supposedly common to people living in the provinces; rustic or unsophisticated; limited
contiguous
connecting without a break; uninterrupted
inquest
N – a formal investigation
tirade
lengthy, often emotional, critical speech
oblivion
state of being forgotten, unrecognized, or unknown
countenance
the face, especially when considered as expressing a person's character or mood
peremptorily
in an imperative and commanding manner
knickerbocker
Washington Irving's nickname for a native new Yorker
meretricious
Adj – superficially attractie or misleadingly plausible
pungent
sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell
Subterfuges
something designed to decieve; a plan, action, or device designed to hide a real objection
Daisy admits to driving during the accident
False
euphemism
the substitution of amild or vague term for one considered harsh or blunt.
Fitzgerald’s relationship with Ernest Hemingway
-unconventional and short friendship
-began in paris in 1925 when fitz was 28 and hemingway was 25
-fitz was already a published writer, but hemingway was only a little published
-fitz decided to take him under his wing and help his career but heminway didn’t return the love -vocal in his dislike of Zelda
-strongest part of relationship relationship was 1925-1926 -hemingway continued the attacks and there are letters from his publicist that hemingway would gossip was fitz
-hemingway wrote “sun also rises” about fitz
-they were frenemies -there were rumors that they were gay together, terrified zelda
humidor
a humid place or container for storing cigars, tobacco
Gatsby's pursuit of his ideals reminds Nick of
His youth
Olfactory
of or relating to the sense of smell
Pompadour
a hair style in which the hair is brushed high over the forehead
Peremptory 
(adj) putting an end to all debate or action; offensively self-assured 
convivial
sociable
sardonic
mocking
somnambulant
sleepwalking.
egotism
self-centered
gyped
...
laudable
commendable; praiseworthy
subterfuge
deception, double-dealing
shrewd
clever; astute
clad
(adj.)
dressed; covered
fluctuate
be unstable
disconcerting
adj. disturbing
fortuitously
by chance
incoherent
without logic, rambling
draconian
excessively harsh; severe
bantering
v. playfully teasing
sumptuous (adj)
Luxurious; lavish.
cataracts
floods of water; waves
exempt
free from; excluded from
Languid
lacking spirit or liveliness
prodigal
a recklessly extravagant consumer
punctilious
very careful and exact
distraught
deeply upset and agitated
Tactlessly
being offensively blunt (honest); inconsiderate; without tact
Where did Gatsby meet Daisy
Louisville
cower
to crouch bc of fear/shame
permeate
to spread through a substance
*Magnanimous*
generous and understanding and tolerant ---- SYn: charitable, considerate, generous,-- Ant: stingy, petty, suspicious
contempt
scorn, extreme dislike or disdain
Portentous
of momentous or ominous significance
ineffable
too hard to express in words
dicordant
disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh
omnibus
a long motor vehicle for passengers
Rajah
a king or prince in India
pastoral
relating to an idealized natural setting
arrogant
making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud
Tentative
(adj) unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant
somnambulatory
to walk in a sleep-like condition
peremptory
putting an end to all debate
Levity
lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness
jaunty
having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
sumptuous
entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly:
denizen
a frequenter of a particular place, someone who regularly goes somewhere
formidable (adj.)
difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat
Defer
to yield respectfully in judgment or opinion
Corpulent
large or bulky or boy; portly; stout
obtuse
slow to understand or perceive; dull of mind and wit
insidious
working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner
feign
to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of
libertine
one who acts without moral restraint; a dissolute person
cynically
like or characteristic of a cynic; distrusting or disparaging the motives of others.
profusion
n. a pouring forth with great supply, wastefulness
Where was the "little party" taking place?
Gatsby's House
his mistress
Who received Cody's millions when he died?
Vicarious
(adj.) performed by one person as a substitute for another
caravansary
(in the Near East) an inn, usually with a large courtyard, for the overnight accommodation of caravans.
Who is a decieving pro golfer friend of Gatsby and Daisy?
Jordan Baker
defer to
v. - to yield respectfully to the thoughts or opinions of others
about Daisy Buchanan
"her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes, and bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who cared for her found difficult to forget"
Where does Nick first meet Jordan ?
In the beginning of the story at Tom's house.
complacent
self-satisfied
corroborate
confirm
wistfulness
...
disheveled
sloppy looking
fractiousness
rebelliousness; unruly
swank
elegant style
holocaust
great destruction
vitality
life energy
Artificial
not real; fake
Deft
-nimble; skillful; clever.
failing to succeed
abortive
Desolate
devastate or ravage
hauteur
haughtiness of manner
defiantly
boldly resisting, disobediently
turgid
elaborate with no purpose
Expostulation
To dissuade or correct
caterwaul
a shrill screeching sound
pander
feed off of others weakness'
Discord
lack of agreement, tension, strife
benediction
a prayer asking for blessing
puppy
what does myrtle ask for?
transitory
enduring a very short time
Reproach
a mild sterness or criticism
opulence
n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
Gatsby is deeply in love with?
Daisy
caterwauling
screeching like a cat in heat
staid
adjective; describes a person who's calm and proper
Orgastic
at the height of emotional excitement
Cordial
politely warm and friendly; liqueur: strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal
oppressive
causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.:
complacency
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some danger, defect, or the like. self-satisfying
apathetic
showing little or no emotion or animation
Succulent
full of juice; rich in desirable qualities
juxtaposition
the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
Armistice
a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms
duster
a long coat that protects against dust used by drivers of open cars
Tom Buchanan
married to Daisy, is having an affair, no moral qualms, realist, knew Nick at Yale
his father, nick, owl eyes
who was at Gatsby's funeral?
raja
the title given in India to a king or prince
Futher into Herself - Chapter 7
"With every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave up, and only the dead dream fought on as he afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, un-despairingly, toward that lost voice across the room"
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