The Great GatsbyGuided Reading QuestionsAnswer the following questions in your own words, using complete sentences.CHAPTER ONEHow does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the novel? At the beginning of the novel, Nick Carraway starts by telling us that he doesn’t judge other people, and says it was a trait that he got from his father. Nick is from an upper middle-class family, and his father told him to think about the advantages he has had before judging others. Nick feels that people trust him easily because of his accepting personality. How does Nick describe Tom Buchanan? Nick describes Tom Buchanan as forceful, aggressive, sturdy, rich, aggressive, and mean, mostly placing him under a negative light.Who is Jordan Baker? Jordan Baker is a professional golfer, who Nick originally thought was snobbish however, the more he knew of her, the more he liked the way she carried herself.What is Gatsby doing when Nick first sees him? Gatsby is reaching across the water to what Nick said looked like a green light at the end of a dock.Describe the ambiguity in Nick’s initial descriptions of Gatsby. Nick’s first sees Gatsby at a distance, and he’s seen as a mystery. Gatsby represented everything Nick had an “affected scorn” for.How does the tone of description of Tom reveal Nick’s feelings about Tom? Nick does not really like or care for Tom. He views him as dangerous, violent, threatening, and overbearing.How would you describe Daisy’s state of mind during dinner? What does she say and so that helps reveal her inner conflicts? Daisy seems very distressed about Tom going to answer the phone repeatedly throughout dinner. It hints that she may knows about Tom having an affair. Daisy seems to crave attention at the start of the dinner, but that fades after the phone call, and she and Tom go back into the house.Nick 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? Tom and Daisy seem to be pretty set in their ways. They are both used to having money and attention. They are both a part of the sophisticated, elite crowd.What indications are there that the green light will have a powerful emotional significance to Gatsby? Gatsby seems close to the green light, but he just can’t quite reach it. He is stretching out his arms towards something he desires, but he just can’t get a hold of it.CHAPTER TWOHow does Nick meet Tom’s mistress? When Tom takes Nick into the city, they stop at Myrtle’s house. Then, the group goes into the city and has a party at the apartment Tom and Myrtle have for their affair.How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival? When Tom arrives, Myrtle seems cheerful, and lively. She makes her way down the stairs, with joy and makes lustful eye contact with Tom, clearly waiting on his arrival.Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival? George has blonde hair and blue eyes; he is spiritless, weak, and barely handsome. He looks forward to seeing Tom, assuming he has something for him (possibly a car that he was going to sell George).How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses? As the party progresses, Myrtle’s high-spirits vanish, and she displays disdain which begins to grow throughout the party. Myrtle has a high sense of pride and acts superior over others.Describe the setting of the valley of ashes where George and Myrtle live. What aspects of the setting imply that it is intended to have a symbolic meaning as well as a literal one? The valley of ashes, it’s empty and full of ashes. Fitzgerald really puts a lot of time and effort into setting up the location, including lots of details setting, foreshadowing that it’ll be an important component.How does Fitzgerald describe Myrtle Wilson? Does her physical appearance reflect her character in any way? Myrtle is described as a heavier woman who’s in her mid thirties. She also described as quite harsh, and not too pretty.Compare the setting of the party in this chapter with the setting of the party in Chapter One. The party in Chapter Two is loud, rowdy and wild. The dinner party in Chapter Two was peaceful, subtle, and tension bubbled amongst the guests.Why does Tom attack Myrtle at the end of the party? How does this exemplify Fitzgerald’s description of Tom in Chapter One? Tom attacks Myrtle because she says Daisy’s name. He does it simply to show Myrtle his power over her. His behavior backs up the earlier descriptions of him, as being violent.CHAPTER THREEDescribe the two ways in which Nick differs from the other guests at Gatsby’s party. Nick is invited to the part while all the other guests simply shows up. Nick also differs from the others through his apparel. He is dressed casually while the other guests are in fancy dresses and suits. What does Nick think of Gatsby when he first meets him? One of the first thing Nick notices is Gatsby’s smile. He was impressed by how seems sincere. Nick is fascinated with Gatsby. He didn’t expect this businessman to be genuine or very friendly.Describe the events and atmosphere of the party.Luxury is flaunted everywhere at the party. Large bands are playing, lot of drinks of food, and everyone is consumed by the music. What does the owl-eyed man in the library find extraordinary about Gatsby’s library?In Gatsby’s library, the owl-eyed man sees the his books are uncut, which means that Gatsby has never read them, and he simply puts them there to keep up his façade of being well educated.What does Nick learn about Jordan Baker after he has sent some time with her? Nick learns that he is to Jordan, but he knows she is motivated by only self-interest.Why does Fitzgerald describe the party (in the passage beginning “By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived”) in the present tense? The effect of describing the party in the present tense is to show the reader that the same thing is happening over and over, once you’ve been to one of Gatsby’s famous parties, you’ve been to them all. How does Nick characterize the guests at Gatsby’s party? What do his characterizations tell us about how Nick feels about most of these people? What sense of life in the Jazz Age do we get from the description of this party? Nick isn’t really a guest, he merely observes the party. Nick is disgusted at how frivolous the guests are. He notes that they aren’t really “people”. They just are all caught up in the fantasy of being rich and happy without really feeling it.Describe the ambiguity in Gatsby’s character that strikes Nick. Nick has always been impressed by Gatsby’s confidence yet, as he examines Gatsby further, he begins to see the fake personality that Gatsby has created for himself.Describe two incidents involving automobiles in this chapter. What role do automobiles seem to play in the novel so far? In this novel, cars are a symbol of wealth. Essentially all of the characters are bad drivers. They don’t care about much, their lives and the lives of others mean practically nothing, which is is reflected through their driving.