Materialism in The Great Gatsby


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How are Myrtle and Gatsby like the juicing machine in Gatsby's kitchen?

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1. In The Great Gatsby, how does the dog Myrtle purchases represent materialism?

2. What does the ivy tell us about Gatsby's materialism?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Both subtle and direct references are made to materialism throughout The Great Gatsby. You will be quizzed on specific situations and representations from the text that allude to the materialistic culture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments test you on:

  • The symbolism of the juicing machine in Gatsby's kitchen
  • How Myrtle's dog represents materialism
  • Comparisons between the ivy and Gatsby's materialism
  • How Myrtle is impacted by her materialism
  • The significance of Gatsby being referred to as a 'Belasco'

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your knowledge of materialism to understand certain metaphors from The Great Gatsby
  • Information recall - access your understanding of The Great Gatsby to answer questions about how materialism is demonstrated by Myrtle Wilson and Jay Gatsby
  • Interpreting information - show that you can review information about materialism in The Great Gatsby and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic by studying the lesson named Materialism in The Great Gatsby. The lesson objectives include:

  • Describe materialism during the Roaring Twenties
  • Note the impacts of materialism on the character Myrtle Wilson
  • Give instances from the book that show how Jay Gatsby is influenced by materialistic culture