Figurative Language in The Great Gatsby


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What is figurative language?

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1. The following is a form of what type of figurative language from The Great Gatsby: '...a snub-nosed motor-boat that bumped the tide offshore.'?

2. Which of the following is a symbol from The Great Gatsby that indicates Gatsby's desire for Daisy and hopes for their future?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To see what you know about The Great Gatsby and figurative language, this quiz/worksheet combination will come in handy. To pass the quiz, you'll need to know the major theme of the novel and a term for comparing two unlike things without using 'like' or 'as.'

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be quizzed on the following topics:

  • An example of an aphorism
  • The name of the university that The Great Gatsby author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, attended
  • Nick Carraway's comment in Chapter 1 that foreshadowed things to come for Gatsby

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about figurative language from the lesson
  • Making connections - use understanding of figurative speech concepts, including aphorisms
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the major theme in The Great Gatsby
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the education of author F. Scott Fitzgerald

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, review the lesson called Figurative Language in The Great Gatsby. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review the career and publication record of author F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Define such literary terms as personification, foreshadowing, and symbolism
  • Understand why The Great Gatsby could be considered a fairy tale