The Great Gatsby Chapter 2 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 student understanding of character, setting, and theme in 'The Great Gatsby', chapter two. Additionally, extension options are provided to build meaningful connections to the real world.

Tom Buchanan

  • Discuss your impression of Tom Buchanan. Use at least three adjectives to describe him. He flaunts his money in this chapter. Discuss what he purchases and for whom.
  • Where does Tom Buchanan take the narrator to visit? Does the narrator seem interested in going? Explain why you believe the narrator's actions are as such.
  • An assault occurs in this chapter. Discuss what happens, where, why and who was involved.

Setting and Theme Questions

  • Based on whom Tom takes the narrator to visit, explain the area of town the where the visitor lives. How does this area compare to where Tom is from? What reason does Tom give for mingling with people in this area?
  • In reference to whom the narrator meets through Tom, how does the person act differently when their clothes change? Why do you think their personality changes?
  • Tom acts differently around lower class people. List at least two examples from the chapter to support this statement. Why do you believe his personality changes?

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