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Activity Answers. The Great Gatsby. Before Reading. 1 1 N. 2 Y. 3 N. 2 1 b. 2 a. 3 a. 3 Encourage students to speculate and make guesses, but do not tell them ...

The Great Gatsby

2 Jordan Baker is thinking about Nick Carraway. She has just rung him at work, on the morning after the accident, and offered to come and see him, but he has turned her down. 3 Jay Gatsby is thinking about Daisy. He has just come out of his mansion on to the lawn (watched by Nick, next door), and is stretching out his arms towards the green light at the end of the Buchanans’ dock. 4 Myrtle Wilson is thinking about Tom, her lover. She has just forced her way out of the upstairs bedroom where her husband locked her in, and is hurrying downstairs so that she can run out and stop the yellow car when it comes by. She thinks Tom will be driving that car because she saw him in it on his way into New York earlier. 5 Nick Carraway is thinking about the lack of mourners at Gatsby’s funeral. The minister has just arrived, and Nick, Mr Gatz, and the servants are waiting to set off to the cemetery. 6 Michaelis, George Wilson’s neighbour, is thinking about the confused things that George has been saying after the car accident. He has just left George in the care of another man, while he goes home to get some sleep. 2 1 Daisy and Gatsby, meeting at Nick Carraway’s house: daisy: Jay! Is it really you? gatsby: Daisy, I’ve loved you all this time! Do you still love me? daisy: Of course I do! gatsby: But then why on earth did you marry Tom? daisy: I had to marry someone, and you weren’t there! 2 Tom and Daisy, talking in their kitchen after the car accident: tom: We’ll say no more about your little affair with Gatsby. It’s over, do you understand? daisy: Yes, Tom. tom: We’re going to start again, you and I. Shall we pack our bags and move on? daisy: All right, Tom, let’s do that. 3 Tom and George, at Tom’s house after Myrtle’s death: tom: Stop shouting, George! What do you want? george: You know where he lives, don’t you? tom: You mean Gatsby? The man in the yellow car? george: That’s right. If you don’t tell me, I’ll kill you! tom: Don’t you dare threaten me! OK, OK, he lives at West Egg. Now are you satisfied? 3 Open answers.

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2Y 3N 1b 2a 3a Encourage students to speculate and make guesses, but do not tell them the answers. Numbers 1, 3, and 4 are what actually happen.

While Reading Chapters 1–4 Jay Gatsby is in love with Daisy Buchanan. Her husband’s name is Tom, and he has a mistress, Myrtle, who is married to George Wilson. At West Egg, Nick Carraway lives next door to Gatsby. He likes Jordan Baker, a professional golfer, very much; she is a friend of Daisy’s. In New York, Nick meets a friend of Gatsby’s, a gambler called Meyer Wolfshiem. Before chapter 5 Encourage students to speculate and make guesses, but do not tell them the answers, which are numbers 1 and 3. Before chapter 7 Encourage students to speculate and make guesses, but do not tell them the answers. They will find out as they read that George gets ill because he realizes that Myrtle is seeing another man, there is an argument between Tom and Gatsby about Daisy, and there is an accident when Gatsby’s car (driven by Daisy) hits and kills Myrtle. Before chapters 8 and 9 Encourage students to discuss and speculate, but do not confirm their guesses or predictions.

After Reading 1 1 Tom Buchanan is thinking about his wife Daisy and Gatsby. At Daisy’s lunch party, before they all go into New York for the afternoon, she has just remarked how cool Gatsby looks, making it clear that she loves him.



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At Nick’s first meeting with Gatsby, he became as curious about him as everyone else was. When Gatsby described his past life, Nick thought it was just a story, but when he saw the Montenegro medal and the photo of Oxford, he believed Gatsby. He became Gatsby’s friend, helped him to meet Daisy again for the first time in five years, and to keep their affair secret from Tom. However, when he heard that Gatsby’s car had hit and killed Myrtle, Nick really disliked him. He stopped being angry with Gatsby when he discovered that Daisy had been driving, and, after Gatsby’s death, Nick felt very sorry for him. Open answers. Open answers.

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