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English A: The Great Gatsby: Chapter Questions by Alvin Fujito

Chapter 1
1. What does Nick mean when he says that tolerance has a limit?
When Nick says that tolerance has a limit, he means that even though Nick seems to have a moral justice by
first having his father saying a good quote (which can be indicated that he is raised with moral justice), he
has a certain point when something is not tolerable and not just because it may be founded on the hard rock
or the wet marshes.
2. What does Nick say preyed on Gatsby? What do you think Nick means by this?
I think that it is the foul dust that preyed on Gatsby. I think that what Nick means by this is that even
though Gatsby has achieved the dream which is to be top in economic terms, that there will be foul dust that
preyed on Gatsby that I think will make him be depressed and that means that becoming the top (or
achieving the American Dream) doesnt mean that it makes people happy
3. What words or phrases suggest that Nick is initially optimistic about going East?
Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so it could support one more single man. and A young
man a house together in a commuting town, it sounded like a great idea suggest that Nick is initially
optimistic about going East as he wants to have a new life by studying bond business and he can have a
house in the East similar in the west because it is in a commuting town.
4. Personification is a common technique Fitzgerald uses in The Great Gatsby. Personification is the
giving of human attributes to nonhuman things. For example, the sentence The sun smiled down on
the children at play paints an image of the sun smilinga human characteristic.
Nicks description of the Buchanans lawn when he first arrives at their home is a perfect
example of personification. Reread this description in the novel. What words or phrases give the
lawn a sense of life and motion?
Here Nick describes the lawn with human attributes such as he describes the distance of the
lawn by using the word ran and also over what materials by using the word jumping. At the end,
he says that the house is in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run. Those three main
phrases contains words that includes moving a lot in its basic definition and by using those certain
words, it gives the lawn life and that it moves so it gives motion.
5. Note the imagery Fitzgerald uses to describe Daisy and Jordan when Nick first sees them:
The only stationary object in the room was an enormous couch on which two young women were
buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon. They were both in white, and their dresses were
rippling and fluttering as if they had just been blown back in after a short flight around the house.
Then there was a boom as Tom Buchanan shut the rear windows and the caught wind died out about
the room, and the curtains and the rugs and the two young women ballooned slowly to the floor.

What do you think Fitzgerald is suggesting about these two women through this imagery? What
other evidence is given in the chapter to support your idea?
I think by saying that they are upon an anchored balloon shows that they are at the top of a
hierarchy and because the balloon is anchored they will not go down from the social hierarchy. Then
he explains that their dresses were rippling and fluttering as if they can enjoy things their way by
having just been blown back in after a short flight around the house. In later parts of the chapter it
is said that Miss Baker is like balancing something and nodded at him almost imperceptibly
shows that the women in this are well mannered and it seems that Miss Baker has been experiencing
problem or two things in her life that she needs to balance them together.
6. What ideas about race does Tom express? What does this reveal about Toms character?
Tom expresses about how his great white race will be utterly submerged after he read a book called The
Rise of the Colored Empires by Goddard. He also says that us, who are the dominant race, to watch out or
these other races will have control of things. He certainly loves his own race but he loves it so much that he
wouldnt want others to get in his way. That shows that he is a racist person who dislikes if others are in his
high position as he only accepts his friends (in this case the white people) to be in his place and be dominant.
By saying that the white people need to watch out to other races so they wont have control of things clearly
shows his discomforts of having a non-white that control things.
7. How well do you think Nick fits in with those around him? Explain your answer.
I think he really gets on well with those around him or at least thats what other people thinks of him. From
his conversations with Daisy, Tom, and Baker it shows that he is more an observing person in which he
would analyse what other people says towards him or towards the others. He is mentioned in the chapter to
almost reply to a conversation twice but he couldnt but the conversation has already carried on. It also
shows that he would think before he act or that he doesnt talk much. Lastly, he is also a bit opinionated at
least in his mind by saying parts of his conversation with Tom annoyed him.
8. How does Jordan respond to the idea of Toms affair? What does this say about her attitude toward
I think that Jordan is clearly not that offended to the idea of Toms affair. She firstly asks Nick if he knew as
she thinks that everybody know. She also suggests that Toms affair should have the decency not to
telephone him at dinner time. This shows that she doesnt have a problem toward the affair and that she
clearly has different views towards marriage than people in that time I think. By thinking that cheating is
okay shows that she might do it also in the future.
9. With what have you have seen in the first chapter, how significant of a role do you think Tom and
Daisys daughter plays in their lives? Why do you think Fitzgerald chose to give this couple a child?
I think Tom and Daisys daughter plays a role in there lives as because of her Daisy becomes stronger and be
able to survive on her sadness towards her marriage because of her daughter. I think Fitzgerald chose to give
this couple a child because it certainly gives the option to stay in the marriage or loosening the marriage but
creates problem for the child.

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