English 11 crawford
The Great Gatsby Exam
Instructions: Complete all parts of Question A. Then, Among Questions B-F please choose three of the five questions and answer each with a single well organized paragraph. Then answer question Z with a well-organized multi-paragraph essay.
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A) Write three or four sentences explaining the importance of each of the following items:
• the enchanted room in chapter 1 and 7
• the billboard
• the dog
• the library
• the medal from Montenegro
• the world series fix
• the pile of colorful shirts
• Cody’s yacht
• The room at the Plaza Hotel
• Gatsby’s marble swimming pool--last chance to use it.
• The green light compared to the green island as viewed by dutch sailors
B)“ . . . not through her own fault . . . . It had gone beyond her, beyond everything”(101). What is not her own fault? What is this passage about? What is the antecedent for the pronount “It”?
C) “That’s an advertisement” (167). Who says this? In response to what statement and in what context? What does this mean?
D) Describe Nick’s last conversation with Jordan Baker and (separately) Tom Buchanan. How does the content of these two conversations contribute to our understanding of the first few pages of the novel?
E) Why does Nick imagine seeing Long Island through the eyes of “Dutch sailors”? (189) Nick contemplates this after all the tragic events of the summer. What does this mean?
F) “He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night” (189). What is Nick talking about here? What does this mean? What is the antecedent of the pronoun “it?” Why is it behind him? In what ways is this true?
Z) While working on Gatsby in 1924, Fitzgerald wrote, “That’s the whole burden of this novel—the loss of illusions that give such color to the world so that you don’t care whether things are true or false as long as the partake of the magical glory.” (from Brucoli’s preface to the novel) Now that you’ve read the novel, use your understanding of it’s plot, characters and themes to explain what Fitzgerald meant when he said this. Who goes through this loss of illusions? Why are these illusions lost? Is this a good thing? Use evidence from the text.