A&E’s The Great Gatsby film study guide (Answer on a separate sheet in complete sentences) Pre-Viewing
1. How was the 1920's a reaction to WWI?
2. Some people think that having money leads to happiness. Do you agree? Why or why not? What are the advantages or disadvantages of being wealthy. 3. What is the "American Dream"? Where did it originate, and how has it changed over the centuries? 4. Describe a situation when you wanted to relive a moment from your past, to redo it? How and why would you change that past event? Chapter 1
1. Nick starts the movie by relaying his father's advice "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." Does he reserve judgement as the movie progresses? 2. Pay attention to time. What is the day and year during the first scene at Daisy's house? 3. What does Tom's behavior reveal about his character?
1. Describe the "valley of ashes." What does it look like and what does it represent? 2. Describe Mr. Wilson and Myrtle. Do they seem to fit into the setting? 3. Describe the violent act Tom committed against Myrtle. What does this reveal about him? Chapter 3
1. Describe Gatsby the first time Nick sees him.
2. What rumors have been told about Gatsby? Why does Fitzgerald reveal rumors rather than fact? 3. What does Nick think of Gatsby after meeting him?
4. How is Gatsby different from his guests?
5. Why does Nick choose to share his thoughts and feelings with Jordan? 6. Nick thinks he's one of the few honest people he knows, why? Do you think he is honest? Chapter 4
1. Why does Gatsby tell Nick about his life? Do you believe Gatsby? Does Nick? 2. What role does Meyer Wolfsheim play in the novel? Why is there so much focus on his nose and what does this tell you about Fitzgerald's politics? 3. What does Jordan's story of Daisy's marriage reveal about Daisy? 4. Why did Gatsby want Daisy to see his house?
5. Nick says, "There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired." What does Nick mean? How does each character in the novel fit into this schema? Chapter 5
1. Why does Gatsby deliver so many goods and services to Nick's house? 2. Why does Gatsby offer Nick work? How does Nick feel about this? 3. Explain the significance of the green light.
4. Why does Gatsby get so many phone calls? What does this say about him? Chapter 6
1. How truthful was Gatsby when he relayed the story of his life to Nick? Why does Fitzgerald tell the story of Jay Gatz now? 2. Describe the meeting of Tom and Gatsby. What does this meeting reveal about them? 3. Why did Daisy and Tom find Gatsby's party loathsome?
4. When Nick told Gatsby that "you can't repeat the past", Gatsby replied, "Why of course you can!" Do you agree with Nick or Gatsby?
1. Describe Daisy and Gatsby's new relationship.
2. Compare George Wilson and Tom. What did each man learn about his wife and how did they each react? 3. If Daisy says she's never loved Tom, is there someone whom she thinks she loves? 4. Describe the fight between Gatsby and Tom. What do these men think of each other? How are they similar and how are they different? 5. What was significant about Nick's 30th birthday?
6. What do you think Tom and Daisy were saying to each other in the kitchen? Do you think that Tom knew Daisy was driving the "death car"? Why, why not? Chapter 8
1. Who is Dan Cody and what is his significance in Gatsby's life? 2. How does Nick's statement "You're worth the whole bunch put together" show a change in Nick from the beginning of the novel? 3. How does T. J. Eckleberg affect Mr. Wilson?
1. Why did Nick take care of Gatsby's funeral?
2. How was Jay Gatz's childhood schedule consistent with the adult Gatsby's behavior? 3. Who attended Gatsby's funeral? What does this suggest? 4. What...
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