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. How do Tom’s acquaintances feel about him bringing a mistress to popular restaurants?

2. Where does Nick first meet Tom’s girlfriend?

3. How does Nick feel when he senses Daisy’s insincerity and sees the smirk on her face?

4. What is Gatsby doing the first time Nick sees him?

5. What is Daisy’s reaction when she hears that she gave birth to a little girl?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Catherine’s opinion of Tom’s and Myrtle’s marriages?

4. What are Tom’s views on minority races?

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

6. What is Tom’s reaction when Myrtle defies his command not to mention Daisy’s name?

7. How does Nick describe Gatsby’s manner when he picks Nick up for lunch in his splendid car?

8. What does Gatsby tell Nick about Meyer Wolfsheim when they have lunch together?

9. What does the man with the owl eyes reveal to Nick and Jordan when they meet him in Gatsby’s library?

10. Describe why Nick likes life in New York.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The character of Jay Gatsby consists of many contradictions. Discuss these contradictions with regard to the guests who come to his parties, his family in North Dakota, his lifestyle while employed by Dan Cody and his attitude toward women.

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes in the novel is the pursuit of the American Dream. Explain the similarities and differences in how Daisy, Nick, Tom and Gatsby try to achieve their individual version of the American Dream. Which of the characters was the most successful in achieving the American Dream? Explain your view.

Essay Topic 3

A literary symbol is something that is more than it appears to be. Analyze the “green light” at the end of Daisy’s dock as a literary symbol. How does the novel give clues that the “green light” should be seen as a symbol? How does the symbolic nature of the “green light” change for Gatsby as the novel progresses?

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