The Great Gatsby Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom does the narrator visit at the beginning of his first summer in his new residence?

2. What infamous 1919 event was Mr. Wolfsheim involved with?

3. What does Nick realize about Jordan’s personality the more he sees her?

4. How does Nick describe Mrs. Wilson?

5. Why does Nick look familiar to Gatsby?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jordan Baker tell Nick about Daisy when they meet for tea at the Plaza Hotel?

2. What is Myrtle’s opinion of her husband?

3. What does Gatsby tell Nick about his life as they drive to lunch?

4. What do Nick and Gatsby talk about the first time they meet at Gatsby’s party?

5. What does Jordan Baker say about the phone call Tom receives during dinner?

6. How does Nick describe the Valley of Ashes?

7. What does Catherine, Mrs. Wilson’s sister, tell Nick about Gatsby?

8. What does the narrator, Nick Carraway, reveal in the first chapter about how he judges other people?

9. Why doesn’t Nick call out to Gatsby when he sees him looking out over the ocean?

10. Why is it unusual that Nick was personally invited to one of Gatsby’s parties?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in the novel experience culture clash as they interact with one another. Describe the culture clash between the Wilsons, the Buchanans, Jay Gatsby, James Gatz, and Nick. How is the clash evident throughout the novel and what are the results of this culture clash?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the complex irony in the circumstances surrounding the death of Jay Gatsby. Describe this irony as it relates to Tom and Daisy, Mr. Wilson and Gatsby’s military career. How important is irony to the final events of the story?

Essay Topic 3

Nick Carraway is the narrator of the novel. Characterize Nick as the narrator and evaluate his reliability as an interpreter of events. Where in the story does Nick refrain from making judgments? Describe any examples where he does not present the full truth. Explain any situations where Nick’s reliability could be questioned. What motivates his omissions?

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