Students will read chapters 1-3. They will then watch each chapter video and answer questions regarding what they have read. Reflect on the events and themes in the novel. Be ready to discuss in class.
Be sure to make note of the signposts (Contrasts and Contradictions, Again&Again) as you read. Be prepared to present these signposts in class, and to back up your claims with evidence.
Why has Nick come to the East?
How does Nick describe Tom Buchanan?
Who is Jordan Baker? What does Nick find appealing about her?
How does Daisy react to the phone calls from Tom’s woman in New York??
How does Tom treat people in this chapter?
How do you know that Tom respects Daisy more than Myrtle? (What does he do that shows this? Why?
How would you describe the nature of the party at Tom’s apartment?
Look at p. 34. Catherine says Tom won’t marry Myrtle because Daisy is Catholic and doesn’t believe in divorce. Nick knows that is not true because Daisy is not Catholic. Who do you think started this lie and why?
Why might Tom not want to divorce Daisy?
Why did Myrtle marry George if she didn’t love him?
How is the party in chapter 2 different from the party in chapter 3? How is it similar?
Jordan and Nick run into a man in the library. What is this man so excited about? (p. 46)
What else does he notice?
Why might Gatsby have a huge library full of books he hasn’t read?
Why were most of the women fighting with their husbands by the end of the party?
What is your impression of Jay Gatsby? Give page numbers and specific support/examples.
Look back at the first paragraph of chapter 3. This paragraph hints at one of the major themes of this novel. What is it and how does it hint to?
What is Nick’s cardinal virtue? What is ironic about this?