2Question #1How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the book?He says he is one of the few honest people around – judicious – not judgmental – tolerant– both an insider and an outsider
3Question #2 Who is Jordan Baker? She is a friend of Daisy’s. What does Nick find appealing about her?She is aloof and self-sufficient.
4Question #3Describe the ambiguity in Nick’s initial descriptions of Gatsby.Gatsby represents everything for which Nick had an unaffected scorn --- there was something gorgeous about him.
5Question #4 Describe Daisy’s state of mind during the dinner party? Daisy seems flighty and upset.What does she say and do that helps her reveal her inner conflict?She tells Nick that she has become cynical and much too sophisticated. She implies she is unsatisfied with her marriage.
6Question #5Nick thinks that, given the state of their marriage, Daisy should leave Tom, but it is clear to him that she has no intention of doing so. What indication is there that Tom and Daisy are closely linked despite their marital difficulties?The most significant link is Daisy’s mention of “the rather distinguished society to which she and Tom belonged.”
7Point of ViewWhat does Fitzgerald achieve by using Nick’s point of view to tell Gatsby’s story?Nick is not purely an observer – he participates in the action – he is not the central figure. This viewpoint allows him not only to tell the story but also to interpret and make comments on the characters, themes, and actions.
8Tom 30 years old Yale graduate Sturdy Straw hair Arrogant eyes Hard mouthSupercilious mannerMuscular cruel bodyHusky voiceEnormously wealthy familyOwns string of polo poniesPlayed football at YaleHas a “woman in N.Y.”Worried by a book he has read
9Daisy Murmurs to make people lean toward her Low, thrilling voice Speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be heard againSad, lovely faceBright eyesBright, passionate mouthBlack and blue finger she blames on TomLoses interest quicklyImpersonal eyes devoid of all desire
10Jordan Exhibited self-sufficiency Slender, small-breasted girl Erect carriage as if leaning backwardsGray, sun-strained eyesWan, charming, discontented faceAutumn-leaf yellow hairEavesdrops on Daisy and Tom’s conversationGolfer --- plays in tournamentsImpersonal eyes devoid of all desire
11Nick Graduated from Yale Came from a prominent mid-western family --- wholesale hardwareServed in WWIRather literary in collegeCame East to learn the bond businessInclined to reserve judgmentPeople like to confide in NickHis tolerance does have a limit
12Setting East Egg Glittered with white palaces West Egg Less fashionableA run-down cottage like Nick’s could be next door to a mansion like Gatsby’s.
14Buchanan’s House Red and white Georgian cathedral Overlooking the bay Lawn stretched ¼ mile from the beachSun dials, brick walks, gardensBright vines on the houseFrench windows at the front reflected gold
15Gatsby’s House Imitation of a hotel in Normandy Tower on one side with a thin beard of raw ivyMarble swimming pool40 acres of lawn and gardenA colossal affair by any standard
16Nick’s ConfusionWhen Nick leaves the Buchanans’ house, he is “confused and a little disgusted.” Why?The obvious tension between Tom and DaisyDaisy’s bruised fingerThe phone callNick’s values are not those of Tom and Daisy. He has the grace to be offended by their relationship.