Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby: Character Analysis & Quotes


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In The Great Gatsby, how did Tom Buchanan become wealthy?

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1. In The Great Gatsby, Tom's low opinion of women was evident because _____.

2. In The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan's attitude toward his own wealth was _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Often described as a portrait of the American Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby presents characters that embody the ideas, attitudes, and social conflicts that were part of life during the 1920s. This quiz and worksheet will help you understand the character of Tom Buchanan and who and what he represents in the novel.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following topics are covered in this quiz on Tom Buchanan:

  • Tom Buchanan's ideas about women
  • Actions that define the character
  • Fitzgerald's description of Tom Buchanan's background
  • Tom Buchanan's views on society
  • Attitudes toward money

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the character of Tom Buchanan
  • Interpreting information - make sure you understand the details used to define this character
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to describe how Fitzgerald uses Tom Buchanan to describe issues and conflicts involving social structure and class

Additional Learning

The lesson, Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby: Character Analysis & Quotes, examines this character's role and significance in the novel and will help you with the following goals:

  • Summarize Tom Buchanan's role in the novel
  • Describe the character's views on race and class
  • Understand how Buchanan's actions reveal his attitudes toward women
  • Explain how Tom Buchanan represents a moral decline in society