the great gatsby study guide: 1-6

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how does the narrator describe gatsby?
romantic nature, something gorgeous about him

describe the narrator’s house
not very big, but the locationis at an expensive land

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describe the Buchanan’s house
a big mansion that had been used from generation to generations; right on the water, old money

how does nick know daisy and tom?
daisy is nick’s cousin and tom went to Yale with nick

describe tom. what is our impression of him in chapter 1?
big and strong, like a football player.

what kind of person is daisy?
beautiful, careless, sad inside

what did Miss Baker tell Nick about Tom?
he had a mistress in the city (NYC)

when asked about her daughter, what does Daisy say?
she hope’s she can be a fool; wanted her to be a girl because she can be a fool and no one will care

how is Gatsby introduced into the novel?
see him at night, putting his out towards the outside

what is the “valley of ashes”?
place where New York’s industrial ashes are dumped between West Egg and NYC; represents the moral and social decay that results from the uninhibited pursuit of wealth, as the rich indulge themselves with regard for nothing but their own pleasure

what are the “eyes of Dr. T. J.


pair of fading, bespectacled eyes painted on an old advertising billboard over the valley of ashes. They may represent God staring down upon and judging American society as a moral wasteland

who did tom take nick to meet?
his mistress, myrtle

myrtle wilson
George Wilson’s wife and tom’s mistress

george wilson
myrtle wilson’s husband, and an auto mechanic; he also works on Tom Buchanan’s car

what did Myrtle buy while she was out with tom and nick?
a puppy

where did they go? what was at 158th street?
they went to Tom’s flat that he uses to have an affair with Myrtle; it is also the place that they have the party at

Myrtle’s sister that live in NYC

Mr. and Mrs. McKee
a couple that scare Nick; Mr. Mckee is kind of girly and Mrs. Mckee is quite loud

What does Mr. Mckee tell Nick about Gatsby
he is the nephew or cousin of Kaiser Wilhelm

what reason did Myrtle give for marrying George Wilson?
she thought that her husband was a gentleman and knew stuff about breeding (dogs)

what did tom do to myrtle to make her mention daisy’s name?
he told her to stop (acting so flamboyant) and when she didn’t he punched her in the nose and it subsequently broke

describe gatsby’s wealth; list some things that represent wealth.

a big house, fancy car, swimming pool, big parties, nice clothes

what kind of people came to Gatsby’s parties?
many people he did not know; new rich, famous people-actors and actresses, directors, athletes

why did Nick go to the party?
he got invited; he also wanted to learn more about Gatsby

how does Nick meet Gatsby?
at first Nick doesn’t know he is talking to him; they were talking about WWI

what are some of the rumors about Gatsby?
he killed someone, was a German spy

is Gatsby a “phony”?
kind of because he didn’t want people to know much about him so he lets the rumors ‘fly’

describe nick’s relationship with Jordan
at first he didn’t really think much about it but then later on there’s kind of something more between them

he is a guy that is always at Gatsby’s house and referred to as “the boarder”

what does Gatsby tell Nick about himself?
gatsby told him about his family, where he came form and about studying at Oxford. then he mentions about his time serving in the war. he even shows a medallion he earned.

what matter did Gatsby have Jordan Baker discuss with Nick?
he wants Nick to invite Daisy over for tea, and Gatsby will drop by. He also wants Jordan to tell the story of him and Daisy

Mr. Wolfsheim
One of Gatsby’s business partners, and a dear friend

what does Mr. Wolfsheim tell Nick about Gatsby?
he is someone who you want to take home to meet your mother and sister. He’s a gentleman, and confirms that he went to Oxford.

what does Jordan tell Nick about Daisy, Gatsby, and Tom?
daisy had been in love with gatsby before he went off to war, but then she married tom. then she had a baby girl.

describe the meeting between Gatsby and Daisy. why was he so nervous?
nick is to invite daisy over for tea, but he won’t tell her that gatsby will be there. (nick told daisy not to bring tom) gatsby was nervous, firstly, because he thought that daisy was not going to come, but also because he had not seen her in years.

he also thought she might not love him anymore. what would he do then?

how long did it take gatsby to make money to buy the mansion?
3 years

why did gatsby want daisy to see the house and his clothes?
he was not in the same social class as her, so he was trying to impress her and show her that he kind of could be

what had the green light on the dock meant to gatsby?
he had the ‘go-ahead’ to pursue Daisy, like traffic lights. but he didn’t have the money to buy a car, which showed one thing that was blocking his way, the difference in social class and lack of money

what had Gatsby turned Daisy into in his own mind?
an illusion

what is gatsby’s real history? where is he from and what is his name?
Jams Gatz, North Dakota

What did Dan Cody do for Gatsby?
he went and traveled with Cody and took care of him when he was drunk. then when Cody died he got some of his fortune from him, but not all.

What is Daisy’s opinion of Gatsby’s party? how does this affect him?
she doesn’t really like the idea. this really hurts him, because the parties are a part of him.

what does gatsby want from daisy?
he wants daisy to tell him that she never loved tom and that everything will be the same as before.

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