Motifs in The Great Gatsby


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Which character does Nick view as morally corrupt in the novel The Great Gatsby?

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1. What symbol in the novel The Great Gatsby demonstrates the motif of judgment?

2. How does Nick seem to judge the wealthy at the end of the novel The Great Gatsby?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby contains several recurring themes. In modern terms, they add up to what we'd call 'affluenza,' the idea that money gives people the right to do as they please with no consequences. This quiz and worksheet will test you on these motifs, how they're presented in the book, and more.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions about:

  • Which character Nick considers to be corrupt
  • How judgment is depicted in the book
  • Nick's feelings about wealthy people
  • Connection between a death and a love affair

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Nick's character to explain his opinion of another significant character
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about whether or not Nick passes judgment on other characters and why and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the one motif that does not occur in the book

Additional Learning

To learn more, read or view the lesson titled Motifs in The Great Gatsby. The lesson includes the objectives shown:

  • Define the literary terms 'theme' and 'motif'
  • Identify the themes and motifs that Fitzgerald uses in the book
  • Discuss the difference between 'old' and 'new' money
  • Explain Tom Buchanan's contempt for Jay Gatsby