Gatsby Research Project
Choose 1 of the following topics
1. Between 1920 and 1929, automobile registration rose from eight million
to twenty-three million. What effects have automobiles had on the lives
of the American people (pollution, gas use, industry, roads and car
accidents)? What contribution did Ford make to the automobile industry?
2. How did women’s fashion change in the 1920s? Have these styles survived
or ever been revived? How do they reflect the new freedoms many
women were enjoying in the twenties?
3. In The Great Gatsby there are many references to illegal activity –
World Series fixing, bootlegging, police complicity in crime. Research
criminal activity in the 1920s, including the Harding Administration
Scandal and the Teapot Scandal. What was the effect of the increase in
illegal activity on society?
4. Discuss the stock market crash of 1929. Why did it happen (what led up
to it?) and what was its aftermath? How did it lead to the Great
5. Research the racial and social class differences and divisions in the
1920’s. How are these differences illustrated in the Long Island area
and in New York City during the 1920’s. What were the standard social
roles of men and women in the upper class and in the lower class?
6. An ongoing theme in The Great Gatsby is the pursuit by characters of
“The American Dream”. What was “The American Dream” during the
1920’s. How did people go about pursuing it? What events of during the
1920’s contribute to the distortion of “The American Dream”?
Research paper 3 Pages
A minimum of 2 sources (they can both be internet sources)
No handwritten papers are accepted.
To print in the classroom, .10 per page.
A presentation no longer than 10 minutes on topic.
Presentation can be one of the following:
1. Power Point
2. Photo Story
Each person in the group will turn in his or her own Research Paper. Papers
will be individual and unique from one another.
The group members will work together on the presentation. Each person will
be assigned one of the following roles:
Type your paper or write it on a computer and print it out on standard-sized
paper (8.5 X 11 inches).
Double-space your paper.
Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-
hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin.
(Note: Your instructor or whoever is reading the manuscript may ask that
you omit the number on your first page. Always follow their guidelines.)
Use either underlining or italics throughout your essay for highlighting the
titles of longer works and providing emphasis.
Include a “Works Cited” page at the end.
A web site
Author(s). Name of Page. Date of Posting/Revision. Name of
institution/organization affiliated with the site. Date of
Access <electronic address>.
Web site examples
Felluga, Dino. Undergraduate Guide to Literary Theory. 17 Dec.
1999. Purdue University. 15 Nov. 2000
Online Writing Lab. 2003. Purdue University. 10 Feb. 2003
An article on a web site
Author(s)."Article Title." Name of web site. Date of
posting/revision. Name of institution/organization affiliated
with site. Date of access <electronic address>.
Article on a web site
Poland, Dave. "The Hot Button." Roughcut. 26 Oct. 1998. Turner Network Television. 28 Oct.
Wednesday, December 1 Basic Outline of the paper
Thursday, December 2 Rough Draft
Monday, December 6 Final Draft / MLA format
Wednesday, December 8 Photo Story / Power Point Presentations