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THE GREAT GATSBY Questions by Chapter (reading comprehension)

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    The Great Gatsby Quiz #1 (Chapters 1-3)

    THE GREAT GATSBY Quizzes 1 Chapters 1-3

     


    The Great Gatsby Questions by Chapter

    THE GREAT GATSBY Reading Questions 1 to 3

     


    The Great Gatsby comprehension questions

    The GREAT GATSBY Quiz #1 (Chapters 1-3)

    1) The main character believes that his father’s influence made him…

    A. A bad sport / sore loser.
    B. An understanding listener.
    C. Pessimistic and depressed.
    D. Greedy and ambitious.

    2) Why does Nick move to the New York City area?

    A. To play baseball professionally.
    B. To find his high school sweetheart.
    C. To attend college and become a writer.
    D. To work in finance (investments).

    3) Viewed from above, the Long Island area where Nick lives is shaped like a/an…

    A. Anchor.
    B. Snake.
    C. Egg.
    D. Cross.

    4) Tom Buchanan lets everyone know that he supports…

    A. Racism.
    B. A woman’s right to vote.
    C. A military invasion of Canada.
    D. Child labor.

    5) Jordan Baker tells Nick that she uses her art to explore…

    A. God’s betrayal of humanity.
    B. The tyranny of the rich.
    C. Remembered moments from youth.
    D. Trick question! She is not an artist.

    6) A notable feature of the train ride to New York City is what Nick calls…

    A. “The Island of Lost Toys.”
    B. “The Valley of the Ashes.”
    C. “The Genie’s Bridge.”
    D. “Bucking Bronx Broncos.”

    7) The narrator thoroughly describes an old billboard that shows…

    A. Children playing with a pony.
    B. A sailboat in a hurricane.
    C. Colorful birds and feathers.
    D. An enormous pair of eyes.

    8) How does Myrtle’s nose get broken?

    A. She falls down the steps.
    B. She drops a table on herself.
    C. Tom purposefully strikes her.
    D. Daisy accidentally hits her with a door.

    9) Which choice best describes the parties hosted by Gatsby?

    A. Formal and somber (serious)
    B. Small and intimate (personal)
    C. Lavish (expensive) and wild
    D. Intellectual (brainy) and artistic

    10) How does Nick manage to sneak into one of Gatsby’s parties for the first time?

    A. He climbs through a window.
    B. He claims that his friends are inside.
    C. He pretends to be making a delivery.
    D. Trick question! He gets invited.

    11) Which words best describe Gatsby?

    A. Young, formal, and mysterious
    B. Anxious, sad, and restless
    C. Elderly, irreverent (silly), and clever
    D. Overpowering, rude, and demanding

    12) What surprising request does Gatsby make of Jordan Baker at his party?

    A. He asks her to leave.
    B. He wants to meet with her privately.
    C. He wants to model for a painting.
    D. He wants her to set fire to a building.

    13) What unexpected event prevents the departure of many of the party guests?

    A. A hurricane
    B. A theft
    C. A wrestling match
    D. A car crash

    14) At the end of Chapter III, Nick interrupts the narrative about Gatsby to explain…

    A. A time when he almost drowned.
    B. His work life in New York City.
    C. The death of his first wife.
    D. A history of the prohibition of alcohol.

    15) Tom Buchanan and Nick Carraway have known each other since their college days. Describe their relationship.

    The GREAT GATSBY Chapter 1 Questions:

    1) The main character believes that his father’s influence made him…

    A. A bad sport / sore loser.
    B. An understanding listener.
    C. Pessimistic and depressed.
    D. Greedy and ambitious.

    2) Which choice accurately represents Nick’s family background?

    A. A poor family from New York City
    B. A wealthy family from the mid-west
    C. A middle-class family from California
    D. Trick question! We learn nothing about his family background.

    3) Why does Nick move to the New York City area?

    A. To play baseball professionally.
    B. To find his high school sweetheart.
    C. To attend college and become a writer.
    D. To work in finance (investments).

    4) Viewed from above, the Long Island area where Nick lives is shaped like a/an…

    A. Anchor.
    B. Snake.
    C. Egg.
    D. Cross.

    5) Which choice describes Nick’s new residence?

    A. A small, shabby house
    B. An old, run-down mansion
    C. A single room in noisy boarding house
    D. A stylish, top-floor apartment

    6) Which character is described as physically powerful?

    A. Tom
    B. Nick
    C. Daisy
    D. Miss Jordan Baker

    7) How do Nick Carraway and Miss Baker meet for the first time?

    A. On the train
    B. Dinner party
    C. Church
    D. Internet dating

    8) Tom Buchanan lets everyone know that he supports…

    A. Racism.
    B. A woman’s right to vote.
    C. A military invasion of Canada.
    D. Child labor.

    9) Jordan Baker tells Nick that she uses her art to explore…

    A. God’s betrayal of humanity.
    B. The tyranny of the rich.
    C. Remembered moments from youth.
    D. Trick question! She is not an artist.

    10) What is one of Daisy’s troubles?

    A. She is slowly losing her sight.
    B. Her marriage is falling apart.
    C. Her daughter is abusing drugs.
    D. She and Tom are bankrupt (broke).

    11) Why doesn’t Nick talk to Gatsby when he first sees him out on the lawn?

    A. Gatsby runs away and slams the door.
    B. Gatsby appears to be lost in a private moment.
    C. Gatsby is unconscious on the ground.
    D. Trick question! The two have a bizarre and memorable conversation.

    The GREAT GATSBY Chapter 2 Questions

    1) A notable feature of the train ride to New York City is what Nick calls…

    A. “The Island of Lost Toys.”
    B. “The Valley of the Ashes.”
    C. “The Genie’s Bridge.”
    D. “Bucking Bronx Broncos.”

    2) The narrator thoroughly describes an old billboard that shows…

    A. Children playing with a pony.
    B. A sailboat in a hurricane.
    C. Colorful birds and feathers.
    D. An enormous pair of eyes.

    3) What reason does Myrtle Wilson give her husband for going to the city?

    A. She plans to see her sister.
    B. She has a medical appointment.
    C. She is going to see a movie.
    D. She needs to buy fabric.

    4) Myrtle Wilson asks Tom Buchanan to buy her a…

    A. Convertible car.
    B. Fur coat.
    C. Diamond necklace.
    D. Puppy.

    5) The party in Chapter II centers on…

    A. Dancing and singing.
    B. An unusual balance contest.
    C. Drinking and arguing.
    D. Breaking furniture and artwork.

    6) The people in Tom and Myrtle’s apartment mostly talk about…

    A. The rise of Adolf Hitler.
    B. How rich people ought to behave.
    C. Marrying the wrong person.
    D. The best ways to get revenge.

    7) Nick admits that while at the party he…

    A. Slept with Tom’s mistress.
    B. Drank too much and passed out.
    C. Lied about his level of success.
    D. Urinated behind the couch.

    8) How does Myrtle’s nose get broken?

    A. She falls down the steps.
    B. She drops a table on herself.
    C. Tom purposefully strikes her.
    D. Daisy accidentally hits her with a door.

    9) Who is narrating (telling the story) The Great Gatsby?

    A. Unknown being (3rd person narrator)
    B. Daisy Buchanan
    C. Gatsby’s nephew
    D. Nick Carraway

    10) Tom Buchanan and Nick Carraway have known each other since their college days. Describe their relationship.

    The GREAT GATSBY reading questions for Chapter 3

    1) Which choice best describes the parties hosted by Gatsby?

    A. Formal and somber (serious)
    B. Small and intimate (personal)
    C. Lavish (expensive) and wild
    D. Intellectual (brainy) and artistic

    2) How does Nick manage to sneak into one of Gatsby’s parties for the first time?

    A. He climbs through a window.
    B. He claims that his friends are inside.
    C. He pretends to be making a delivery.
    D. Trick question! He gets invited.

    3) What is Gatsby’s first name?

    A. Gatsby
    B. Jay
    C. Sid
    D. Trick question! Nobody knows.

    4) An intoxicated party guest finds it difficult to believe that Gatsby’s ___________________ are real.

    A. Paintings
    B. Books
    C. Eyelashes
    D. Diamonds

    5) It turns out that Gatsby remembers Nick Carraway from…

    A. College
    B. The train
    C. The army
    D. A movie

    6) Which words best describe Gatsby?

    A. Young, formal, and mysterious
    B. Anxious, sad, and restless
    C. Elderly, irreverent (silly), and clever
    D. Overpowering, rude, and demanding

    7) What surprising request does Gatsby make of Jordan Baker at his party?

    A. He asks her to leave.
    B. He wants to meet with her privately.
    C. He wants to model for a painting.
    D. He wants her to set fire to a building.

    8) What unexpected event prevents the departure of many of the party guests?

    A. A hurricane
    B. A theft
    C. A wrestling match
    D. A car crash

    9) At the end of Chapter III, Nick interrupts the narrative about Gatsby to explain…

    A. A time when he almost drowned.
    B. His work life in New York City.
    C. The death of his first wife.
    D. A history of the prohibition of alcohol.

    10) For what is Jordan Baker famous?

    A. Dating a president
    B. Playing a sport
    C. Singing and dancing
    D. Painting and sculpting

    11) What important difference does Nick recognize between himself and Jordan?

    A. He does not care what people think.
    B. She is married.
    C. She is dishonest.
    D. He grew up poor.


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