The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Study Guide McCabe

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What was Nick’s father’s advice to him?

If he ever felt like criticizing anyone to remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages he had

Describe Nick’s family.

prominent, well-to-do people in middle western city for three generations. Old money

What school did Nick graduate from? What year?

Yale in New Haven, 1915

What did he later participate in after graduating?

The Great War 1916-1918

What business did Nick decide to do the summer of 1922?

Go into the bond business

Where is Nick from?


For how long would his father finance Nick?

for one year

Describe the house Nick is living in.

a weather beaten cardboard bungalow $80 a month

Name some things Nick had in this house.

A dog, til it ran away, an old Dodge, a Finnish woman (servant)

In what area near New York City is Nick living in?

West Egg

Which "egg" is more "fashionable" according to Nick?

East Egg

Who is Nick’s mysterious next-door neighbor?

Gatsby lives in a mansion next door.

Who is Daisy’s husband? How old?

Tom Buchanan, age 30

What did Tom do in college?

He played football

Name one of Tom’s qualities

Arrogant, rich, tough, unsympathetic, etc.

What does Tom have that shows he’s successful?

Tom has horses, a big house on the water, a large garden, a butler

How old is Daisy’s child?

3 years old

Daisy shows her black and blue hand. How did she get it, and how does she attack back?

her finger; Tom "that’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great big hulking physical speciman of a-" (page 16)

What book was Tom reading that reveals him as prejudiced?

The Rise of the Coloured Empires by Goddard

What does Nick remind Daisy of? (an unexpected term)

An absolute rose

Who is the "fifth visitor" who arrives at dinner?

Tom gets a phone call from his mistress

What does Daisy say she wants her child to be?

a beautiful little fool

Tom and Daisy want Nick to get together with someone. Name that person.

Jordan Baker, the golfer

What does Tom think about Jordan and her family?

That her family shouldn’t let Jordan run around the country (page 23)

Where is Jordan from? Who else is from there?

Louisville. Daisy is also from Louisville.

At the end of the chapter, what did Gatsby do that showed yearning

Stretched out his arms across the bay

How does Tom know Nick the narrator?

They went to Yale together.

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