Sudesh
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L.
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English
IIIAP, Period VII

28
December 2018

THE GREAT GATSBY CHAPTER QUESTIONS

Chapter I

4. Who
is Jordan Baker? What does Nick find appealing about her?

Jordan
Baker is a girl who Nick encounters at his cousin Daisy’s dwelling. Baker informs
Nick about Tom’s habit of having affairs and going behind Daisy’s back. Nick
found Baker appealing due to her eyes and slender body.

“…small-breasted
girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body
backward….” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 30, Page 1). Eventually Nick discovers Baker
is a professional golf player.

 

5. How
does Daisy react to the phone calls from Tom’s woman in New York?

Daisy
tries to control herself but ends up rushing towards the phone with irritation.
We can assume she’s hurt and angered of Tom’s unfaithful actions towards their
marriage.

 “…she
threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house.”
(Chapter 1, Paragraph 40, Page 1).

 

7.
Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope, or dream. Why does he do
this?

He
uses these terms to help center the focus of this book which focuses on individual’s
dreams and goals and how a character strives to achieve them no matter all the
hardships against them.

“It is
what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that
temporarily closed out…” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, Page 1). 

 

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?

 Nick provides his own opinions on each of the
character’s actions and behaviors, but never truly criticizes the people
because he is analyzing them in a different manner than others. In a way he is
very much judging the people, but not in a way of harming or expressing verbal
abuse.

“…a
habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim…”
(Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, Page 1).

 

10. Describe
Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him? What
kind of a narrator do you think he will be?

Nick
is an introverted narrator which is very positive for this time period because
he won’t let his emotions or thoughts interfere his thoughts on other characters
such as Gatsby or Tom. Nick is also very selective whenever he speaks, and I infer
that he will help bring justice to light when needed to. I believe he will be a
very secretive type of narrator.

“I was
wrongly accused of being a politician, because I was against to the secret
griefs of men…” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, Page 1). 

 

11.
What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean?

Nick
describes Jordan as a person of high status, heavy amounts of value, and with
excessive amounts of confidence. This means that Nick is beginning to take
notice of Baker on a long-term level.

 “He was extended full length at her end of the
divan, completely motionless, and with her chin raised a little…” (Chapter 1,
Paragraph 17, Page 1).

 

12. How
does Nick react to Jordan?

Nick
apologizes to Jordan at first for not recognizing who she was throughout the
party.

“…the object she was balancing had obviously
tottered a little and given her something of a fright., again a sort of apology
arose to my lips…” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 23, Page 1). 

 

Chapter II

1. How
does Nick meet Tom’s mistress?

Tom brings
Nick along with him to the city to deal business with him. On the way they pick
up Myrtle to go and have affair like matters. Nick notices how Tom is willing
to do this type of matter even behind Daisy’s back.

 “We’re getting off,” he insisted. “I want you
to meet my girl.” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 1, Page 2).

 

2. How
does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival?

Myrtle
is very ecstatic when Tom arrives. She treats her husband like dirt and makes
him go get chairs for the both. Myrtle is also willing to go back with Tom and
remain with him on his side.

“Get
on the next train…all right…” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 3, Page 1).

 

3.
Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival?

George
Wilson is working man on cars and seems to have too much of positive outlook on
things. Once Tom arrives, they discuss about car’s and how George is waiting
for the car that Tom promised to bring for him and sell to.

 “When are you going to sell me that car Tom?”
(Chapter 2, Paragraph 4, Page 1)

 

6. Why
did Tom break Myrtle’s nose? How is this consistent with the author’s
description of him in Chapter I? Judging by his treatment of Myrtle and his
wife Daisy, what seems to be Tom’s attitude toward women?

Tom damaged
and broke Myrtle’s nose due to her mentioning his wife’s name consistently since
he refused to discuss about her. This is consistent with the authors
description due to Tom being a very violent man and treats women as if they are
garbage and worthless. Like Nick states in the first chapter, Tom is very
careless and hot headed when it comes to women and acts off of complete impulse
without thinking.

“Daisy!
Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson.” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 39, Page 2).

 

 8. Describe Mr. Wilson and Myrtle. Do they
seem to fit into the setting?

Myrtle
and George don’t have the attributes of a healthy couple. She overrules him and
betrays the trust of a marriage by having affairs. George is very oblivious and
doesn’t notice these actions. They do not seem to fit in this type of setting.

 “I’ll meet you by the news-stand on the lower
level Myrtle.” She nodded and moved away.” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 7, Page 2).

Chapter III

2.
Describe the two ways in which Nick differs from the other guests at the party?

When
it came to Gatsby’s extravagant parties, Nick was one of the many people
invited. Others that were invited were friends or acquaintances of the guests
that had been invited in the first place. There was an abundance of people,
many of whom weren’t even of high status. Nick was simply invited due to him
being Gatsby’s neighbor and Gatsby wanting to make him feel welcomed.

“…I
went to Gatsby’s house, I was one of the few guests who had actually been
invited.” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 9, Page 4). 

 

4. Why
does the owl-eyed man describe Gatsby as a real Belasco?  

He
calls Gatsby a Belasco due to Gatsby having an extraordinary book case and an
enormous collection of novels.

“This
fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism!” (Chapter
3, Paragraph 14, Page 2).

 

5.
What is the significance of the owl eyed man?  

The
owl eyed man is significant to the party because he seems to be well informed
about Gatsby’s background much more than others. Which is interesting because
Gatsby is a very hidden type of man.

 “A stout, middle-aged man, with enormous
owl-eyed spectacles, was sitting somewhat drunk on the edge of a great table…”
(Chapter 3, Paragraph 6, Page 1).

 

6.
What does the reaction of the drivers of the wrecked automobile suggest about
the values of Gatsby’s guests?

This
shows that the guests at the party weren’t the type to begin judging someone
but instead welcome everyone and have an enjoyable time.

“The
shock that followed this declaration found voice in a sustained “Ah-h-h!”
(Chapter 3, Paragraph 21, Page 2). 

 

7.
What does Nick learn about Jordan after he’s spent some time with her?

 He believed he had feelings for Ms. Baker, but
after seeing her true character and how she cheats and is a dishonest person,
he feels otherwise.

“At first,
I was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf champion, and everyone
knew her name…I wasn’t in love” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 43, Page 3).

 

9. Pay
attention to Nick’s judgments. What do they reveal about his character that he
does this (especially in relation to his opening comments)?

Nick
never judges the characters or their actions but instead simply states the
actions and lets the audience decide how to feel. This is also in a respect towards
his father who taught Nick to not harm or involve with anyone.

“Jordan Baker avoided clever, shrewd men…. she
was incurably a dishonest woman” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 39, Page 3).

 

13.
How is Gatsby different from his guests?

Unlike
other rich gentleman who go and drink glasses of wine and etc., Gatsby doesn’t
involve himself in such matters and avoids drinking. Which makes him different
from the others.

 “…where we glanced first, was crowded, but
Gatsby was nowhere to be found.” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 11, Page 3).

 Sudesh
Mitta

L.
Pennington

English
IIIAP, Period VII

28
December 2018

THE GREAT GATSBY CHAPTER QUESTIONS

Chapter I

4. Who
is Jordan Baker? What does Nick find appealing about her?

Jordan
Baker is a girl who Nick encounters at his cousin Daisy’s dwelling. Baker informs
Nick about Tom’s habit of having affairs and going behind Daisy’s back. Nick
found Baker appealing due to her eyes and slender body.

“…small-breasted
girl, with an erect carriage, which she accentuated by throwing her body
backward….” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 30, Page 1). Eventually Nick discovers Baker
is a professional golf player.

 

5. How
does Daisy react to the phone calls from Tom’s woman in New York?

Daisy
tries to control herself but ends up rushing towards the phone with irritation.
We can assume she’s hurt and angered of Tom’s unfaithful actions towards their
marriage.

 “…she
threw her napkin on the table and excused herself and went into the house.”
(Chapter 1, Paragraph 40, Page 1).

 

7.
Notice how many times Fitzgerald uses the words hope, or dream. Why does he do
this?

He
uses these terms to help center the focus of this book which focuses on individual’s
dreams and goals and how a character strives to achieve them no matter all the
hardships against them.

“It is
what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that
temporarily closed out…” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, Page 1). 

 

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?

 Nick provides his own opinions on each of the
character’s actions and behaviors, but never truly criticizes the people
because he is analyzing them in a different manner than others. In a way he is
very much judging the people, but not in a way of harming or expressing verbal
abuse.

“…a
habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim…”
(Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, Page 1).

 

10. Describe
Nick. What facts do you know about him, and what do you infer about him? What
kind of a narrator do you think he will be?

Nick
is an introverted narrator which is very positive for this time period because
he won’t let his emotions or thoughts interfere his thoughts on other characters
such as Gatsby or Tom. Nick is also very selective whenever he speaks, and I infer
that he will help bring justice to light when needed to. I believe he will be a
very secretive type of narrator.

“I was
wrongly accused of being a politician, because I was against to the secret
griefs of men…” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 2, Page 1). 

 

11.
What image does the author use to describe Jordan Baker? What does it mean?

Nick
describes Jordan as a person of high status, heavy amounts of value, and with
excessive amounts of confidence. This means that Nick is beginning to take
notice of Baker on a long-term level.

 “He was extended full length at her end of the
divan, completely motionless, and with her chin raised a little…” (Chapter 1,
Paragraph 17, Page 1).

 

12. How
does Nick react to Jordan?

Nick
apologizes to Jordan at first for not recognizing who she was throughout the
party.

“…the object she was balancing had obviously
tottered a little and given her something of a fright., again a sort of apology
arose to my lips…” (Chapter 1, Paragraph 23, Page 1). 

 

Chapter II

1. How
does Nick meet Tom’s mistress?

Tom brings
Nick along with him to the city to deal business with him. On the way they pick
up Myrtle to go and have affair like matters. Nick notices how Tom is willing
to do this type of matter even behind Daisy’s back.

 “We’re getting off,” he insisted. “I want you
to meet my girl.” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 1, Page 2).

 

2. How
does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival?

Myrtle
is very ecstatic when Tom arrives. She treats her husband like dirt and makes
him go get chairs for the both. Myrtle is also willing to go back with Tom and
remain with him on his side.

“Get
on the next train…all right…” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 3, Page 1).

 

3.
Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival?

George
Wilson is working man on cars and seems to have too much of positive outlook on
things. Once Tom arrives, they discuss about car’s and how George is waiting
for the car that Tom promised to bring for him and sell to.

 “When are you going to sell me that car Tom?”
(Chapter 2, Paragraph 4, Page 1)

 

6. Why
did Tom break Myrtle’s nose? How is this consistent with the author’s
description of him in Chapter I? Judging by his treatment of Myrtle and his
wife Daisy, what seems to be Tom’s attitude toward women?

Tom damaged
and broke Myrtle’s nose due to her mentioning his wife’s name consistently since
he refused to discuss about her. This is consistent with the authors
description due to Tom being a very violent man and treats women as if they are
garbage and worthless. Like Nick states in the first chapter, Tom is very
careless and hot headed when it comes to women and acts off of complete impulse
without thinking.

“Daisy!
Daisy! Daisy!” shouted Mrs. Wilson.” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 39, Page 2).

 

 8. Describe Mr. Wilson and Myrtle. Do they
seem to fit into the setting?

Myrtle
and George don’t have the attributes of a healthy couple. She overrules him and
betrays the trust of a marriage by having affairs. George is very oblivious and
doesn’t notice these actions. They do not seem to fit in this type of setting.

 “I’ll meet you by the news-stand on the lower
level Myrtle.” She nodded and moved away.” (Chapter 2, Paragraph 7, Page 2).

Chapter III

2.
Describe the two ways in which Nick differs from the other guests at the party?

When
it came to Gatsby’s extravagant parties, Nick was one of the many people
invited. Others that were invited were friends or acquaintances of the guests
that had been invited in the first place. There was an abundance of people,
many of whom weren’t even of high status. Nick was simply invited due to him
being Gatsby’s neighbor and Gatsby wanting to make him feel welcomed.

“…I
went to Gatsby’s house, I was one of the few guests who had actually been
invited.” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 9, Page 4). 

 

4. Why
does the owl-eyed man describe Gatsby as a real Belasco?  

He
calls Gatsby a Belasco due to Gatsby having an extraordinary book case and an
enormous collection of novels.

“This
fella’s a regular Belasco. It’s a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism!” (Chapter
3, Paragraph 14, Page 2).

 

5.
What is the significance of the owl eyed man?  

The
owl eyed man is significant to the party because he seems to be well informed
about Gatsby’s background much more than others. Which is interesting because
Gatsby is a very hidden type of man.

 “A stout, middle-aged man, with enormous
owl-eyed spectacles, was sitting somewhat drunk on the edge of a great table…”
(Chapter 3, Paragraph 6, Page 1).

 

6.
What does the reaction of the drivers of the wrecked automobile suggest about
the values of Gatsby’s guests?

This
shows that the guests at the party weren’t the type to begin judging someone
but instead welcome everyone and have an enjoyable time.

“The
shock that followed this declaration found voice in a sustained “Ah-h-h!”
(Chapter 3, Paragraph 21, Page 2). 

 

7.
What does Nick learn about Jordan after he’s spent some time with her?

 He believed he had feelings for Ms. Baker, but
after seeing her true character and how she cheats and is a dishonest person,
he feels otherwise.

“At first,
I was flattered to go places with her, because she was a golf champion, and everyone
knew her name…I wasn’t in love” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 43, Page 3).

 

9. Pay
attention to Nick’s judgments. What do they reveal about his character that he
does this (especially in relation to his opening comments)?

Nick
never judges the characters or their actions but instead simply states the
actions and lets the audience decide how to feel. This is also in a respect towards
his father who taught Nick to not harm or involve with anyone.

“Jordan Baker avoided clever, shrewd men…. she
was incurably a dishonest woman” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 39, Page 3).

 

13.
How is Gatsby different from his guests?

Unlike
other rich gentleman who go and drink glasses of wine and etc., Gatsby doesn’t
involve himself in such matters and avoids drinking. Which makes him different
from the others.

 “…where we glanced first, was crowded, but
Gatsby was nowhere to be found.” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 11, Page 3).

 

14.
Why does Nick choose to share his thoughts and feelings with Jordan?

He trusts
Jordan with his thoughts and emotions because she is the only guest that he
feels safe talking to. They both also have the same types of thinking when it came
to analyzing Gatsby for the firs time.

 “When he was gone I turned immediately to
Jordan……” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 21, Page 3).

 

14.
Why does Nick choose to share his thoughts and feelings with Jordan?

He trusts
Jordan with his thoughts and emotions because she is the only guest that he
feels safe talking to. They both also have the same types of thinking when it came
to analyzing Gatsby for the firs time.

 “When he was gone I turned immediately to
Jordan……” (Chapter 3, Paragraph 21, Page 3).

 

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