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Satire in The Great Gatsby

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In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald points out the flawed idea of the American Dream by:

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1. Materialism is the belief that:

2. Tom and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby represent the _____ of the 1920s.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fitzgerald's entire novel satirizes much of what was considered important in early 20th century America, particularly after the end of World War I. This quiz/worksheet combination focuses on Fitzgerald's treatment of materialist thought, the accumulation of wealth, the views of the established wealthy families concerning the nouveau riche, and the American dream.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will answer questions about the material shown below:

  • Materialism
  • Nouveau riche
  • Distinctions between classes
  • Tom Buchanan's opinion of Jay Gatsby

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - confirm your understanding of why Tom and Daisy Buchanan felt that they were exempted from the rules that govern people less wealthy than themselves
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about Gatsby's achievement of the American dream and Buchanan's reaction
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the status of 'new money' people vs. 'old money' people

Additional Learning

To gain a deeper understanding of Fitzgerald's use of satire, access Satire in The Great Gatsby. The lesson presents the following objectives and more:

  • Understanding Fitzgerald's use of satire to mock the idea that money is everything
  • Explaining the disparity between new and old money
  • Examining how racism and intolerance are demonstrated in the character of Tom Buchanan
  • Analyzing the apparent lack of any sense of responsibility demonstrated by Daisy and Tom
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