Modernism in The Great Gatsby


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What aspect of the Modern novel is expressed in the idea of Nick's 'single window'?

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1. How does Jimmy Gatz's careful transformation into Jay Gatsby exemplify an important element of the Modern novel?

2. How is the Modernist doubt in absolute truth expressed in The Great Gatsby?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Great Gatsby is one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century. One reason for this is that it is a great example of literary modernism. You can learn more about the modernism of The Great Gatsby with this quiz and worksheet. The quiz questions will test you on points such as modernist themes in the novel and specific examples of them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Modernist ideas expressed in the novel
  • Plot points that express aspects of modernist literature
  • Doubts over absolute truth explored in the novel
  • Modernist themes in specific quotes

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of modernism in literature to analyze key passages and plot points in The Great Gatsby found in the assessment questions
  • Reading comprehension - check to ensure that you understand the principles of literary modernism and how they apply to specific elements of this novel
  • Interpreting information - make sure that you can interpret quotes, characters and other literary techniques in The Great Gatsby in terms of modernist themes

Additional Learning

More information on modernist themes in The Great Gatsby can be found in the attached lesson called Modernism in The Great Gatsby. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of The Great Gatsby
  • The novel's narration
  • Modernist understanding of reality
  • Themes of doubt and isolation