Alcohol in The Great Gatsby


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What did Prohibition mean in the 1920s?

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1. How do people in The Great Gatsby respond to Prohibition?

2. Where do people drink alcoholic beverages in The Great Gatsby?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Prohibition made alcohol illegal throughout the United States in the 1920s; however, people still found ways to buy and use it in social settings. Alcohol certainly plays a role in The Great Gatsby, and you'll be able to check your understanding of its significance with these interactive and printable assessments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These practice questions will test you on:

  • Prohibition in the 1920s
  • How characters respond to Prohibition in The Great Gatsby
  • Where characters drink alcoholic beverages in the novel
  • Where people could buy alcohol in the 1920s
  • Why the novel's characters drink in social settings

Skills Practiced

You'll be tested on the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Great Gatsby to answer questions about the role of alcohol in the novel
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on alcohol in The Great Gatsby
  • Making connections - understand the real-life historical significance of Prohibition and understand the impact it had in the fictional world of The Great Gatsby

Additional Learning

To find out more about alcohol's role in the novel, read the accompanying lesson, Alcohol in The Great Gatsby. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Name the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that made Prohibition a law
  • Learn about bootleggers and the demand for alcohol during the 1920s
  • Understand how various characters in the novel engage in alcohol consumption