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The Great Gatsby Chapter 1 Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Use these questions to enhance understanding of Chapter 1 of 'The Great Gatsby'. Questions relate to vocabulary, setting, theme, and comprehension. Student learning can be extended with questions asking for meaningful connections with the real world.

Vocabulary

Define each vocabulary word. Note the page where each is found and explain the word in the context of this chapter. Afterwards, choose one word from the list, use it in a sentence, and follow the additional instructions.

  • Feigned

Name two antonyms and use each in a sentence.

  • Riotous

Choose a word substitute and replace it in the sentence from the book. Which sentence makes more sense, the one in the book or your sentence? Explain why.

  • Prominent

Name two synonyms and use each in a sentence.

  • Accentuated

Choose a word substitute and replace it in the sentence from the book. Which sentence makes more sense, the one in the book or your sentence? Explain why.

  • Extemporizing

Once you define this word, is this something you're able to do? If so, explain. If not, provide an example of some who is able to extemporize.

Comprehension Questions

  • Why did the narrator's father tell him not to judge anyone? Be specific. Do you agree with the father's suggestion? Why or why not?
  • What is the narrator's family class (low, middle, or upper)? How do you know? How much younger was the narrator compared to his father?
  • When the narrator moved to go to school, did he have family nearby? If so, who? What was their relationship, did he know this person very well? What type of interaction did they have in this chapter?
  • Who was the narrator's mysterious neighbor?

Setting and Theme Questions

  • What type of school was the narrator allowed to attend? What state was the school located in? Why do you believe the author chose this state as the setting?
  • Explain the narrator's residence while he attended school. What type of people was he surrounded by? Why do you believe his family allowed him to live in that type of residence rather than what he was accustomed to?
  • Who was Tom Buchanan? What was his opinion on race? Explain and use quotes from the book to support your answer.

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