The Great Gatsby Study Guide Name____________________
1. Explain the narrator’s character and trace personal information that is revealed
about him during the story. What thematic contrasts are developed with
Fitzgerald slipping bits of information periodically about the narrator?
2. Draw a map based on the settings of The Great Gatsby. Include East and West
Egg , New York and the Valley of Ashes. Describe each setting and its impact
on the plot and theme. Also discuss symbolic meanings. Draw a time line of the
major events in the novel and be as specific as you can with dates.
3. Discuss the mystery of Gatsby’s character. Provide evidence for the lack of
clarity of this character. Wonder why Gatsby is presented in this way? What do
we know for sure about him?
4. What is Fitzgerald’s purpose with the character of Jordan? What does she add to
our understanding of Nick? Of Daisy? Of the upper class?
5. Gatsby tells us that you can repeat the past. Do you think Gatsby can repeat his
past or is the past prologue to the rest of his life? What is his past?
6. Some famous symbols of the novel are the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock,
and the giant eyes/glasses on the billboard. They are analyzed extensively. What
are your views of them?
7. What are characteristics of old money/nouveau riche (new money) that Fitzgerald
explores? Provide specific evidence.
8. What is the definition of the American Dream? What is Gatsby’s? The
Buchanan’s? Fitzgerald’s? How does the quest for this dream infuse the novel’s
plot and themes?
9. Trace the time/clock motif in the novel and discuss its significance to the story
10. Copy the last line. Say it out loud several times. Discuss its beauty and meaning
in context of the novel.