The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 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.

Teachers, enhance your students' understanding of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' with the following discussion questions from Chapter 3. This lesson can be used in a traditional classroom environment or online.

Nick and Mr. Gatsby's Relationship

  • Nick received an invitation at the beginning of Chapter 3. Who delivered the invitation and where was he invited to go? Why was the inviter apologetic?
  • Explain Nick and Jordan's relationship in Chapter 3. Be specific. Do you believe their relationship will develop into more than a friendship? Why or why not?
  • Where did Mr. Gatsby invite Nick to go the next morning? At this point in Chapter 3, what does Nick think of Mr. Gatsby? Use at least 3 adjectives in your response.

Setting and Theme Questions

  • Why was it difficult for Nick to find Mr. Gatsby at the gathering? How did they finally meet? What can you infer from the difficulty in finding Mr. Gatsby?
  • Was Mr. Gatsby a public or private person? Use specific quotes in Chapter 3 to support your answer. What did guests say about Mr. Gatsby?
  • What accident happened toward the end of the gathering at Mr. Gatsby's? Why did it occur? Do you believe it was avoidable? Why or why not?

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