The American Dream in the Great Gatsby


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Why do some people feel that the American Dream is not a reality?

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1. Which of the following best describes Jay Gatsby?

2. Jay Gatsby's parties ____________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Set in the 1920s, an era of widespread opportunity and prosperity, The Great Gatsby shows that ambition, talent and hard work do not always lead to wealth and social advancement. To understand Fitzgerald's view of the truth behind the idea of the American Dream, take the quiz and read the lesson.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions on the American Dream in The Great Gatsby cover the following topics:

  • The effect of wealth on Tom Buchanan
  • The concept of the American Dream
  • Nick Carraway's values
  • Daisy Buchanan

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the plot and characters in The Great Gatsby
  • Interpreting Information - make sure you can read a summary of The Great Gatsby and understand how the plot and characters relate to the American Dream
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the novel to explain how Fitzgerald portrays class structure and social mobility

Additional Learning

For more help understanding this theme in the novel, read the lesson, The American Dream in The Great Gatsby. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe how Myrtle Wilson corrupts the American Dream
  • List examples of upper-class values and morality in the novel
  • Understand the difference between wealth and the American Dream
  • Explain why Jay Gatsby fails to achieve the American Dream