The Great Gatsby Chapter 2 Questions and Answers

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What is the valley of ashes?
Place where New York’s ashes get dumped; men work to shovel these ashes up
Who’s eyes watch over everything in the valley of ashes?
Dr. T. J. Eckleburg
Describe George Wilson.
-Lives in a garage
-Buys and sells cars
-Blonde, spiritless, anæmic
-Faintly handsome
-Light blue eyes
Describe Myrtle.
-Wife of Wilson
-Tom’s other lover
-Thickish figure
-Middle thirties
-Faintly stout
-Face has no facet or gleam of beauty
Where do Tom, Myrtle, and Nick go in New York?
They go to the apartment where Tom and Myrte have affairs.
What kind of puppy does Myrtle buy?
an Airedale
Was this the first time Nick had ever been drunk?
No, the second
Describe Catherine.
-Slender, worldly girl of about thirty
-Red hair
-Eyebrows plucked and drawn on again
-Blurred air to her face
-Wore so many bracelets
-Lived with a girl friend at a hotel
Who does Myrtle invite to the party?
Her sister Catherine and the McKees
Describe Mr. McKee.
-Pale, feminine man from the flat below
-White spot of lather on his cheekbone
-Most respectful in his greeting
-In the artistic game
-Photographer; made the dim enlargement of Myrtle’s mother
Describe Mrs. McKee.
-Shrill, languid, hansome, horrible
-Mr. McKee photographed her 127 times since they married
What does Catherine say about Gatsby?
Gatsby is the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm.
What does Catherine wish the McKees and the Wilsons would do?
Since neither of them like the person they’re married to, Catherine wishes they would just divorce.
Why does Catherine think Tom hasn’t divorced with Daisy?
She said Daisy is Catholic and Catholics don’t believe in divorce.
Is Daisy really Catholic?
no
What does Catherine say Daisy and Tom will do when they get married?
They will move West.
What did Daisy think of Monte Carlo?
She hated that town. She had an awful time getting back.
Who was Mrs. McKee originally going to marry?
Mr. Wilson
What did Myrtle think of Mr. Wilson?
She wasn’t the man she expected.
How did Myrtle meet Tom?
On a train
How did Tom react when Myrtle mentioned Daisy?
He broke her nose with his open hand.
What does the Valley of Ashes likely evoke?
images of death and darkness
How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress?
Tom and Nick took a train to New York and it stopped near Toms’ mistress’ husband’s shop
How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival?
Myrtle ignores her husband and walks straight to Tom
Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival?
George Wilson is blond, spiritless, anaemic and faintly handsome. He is excited to see Tom to fix his car because he needs the money
How does Myrtle behave as the party progresses?
As the party progresses, Myrtle becomes more outspoken
Why, according to Catherine, has Tom not left Daisy to marry Myrtle?
Tom hasn’t left Daisy to marry Myrtle because Daisy us Catholic and doesn’t believe in divorces
Why did Tom break Myrtle’s nose? How is this consistent with the author’s description of him in Chapter 1? Judging by his treatment of Myrtle and his wife Daisy, what seems to be Tom’s attitude towards women?
Tom broke Myrtle’s nose because she kept saying Daisy’s name. This shows that Tom is abusive towards women
What and where is the ” valley of ashes.” What does it look like and what does it represent?
The “Valley of Ashes” is a huge trash dump. It represents the rotting American dream
Describe Mr. Wilson and Myrtle. Do they seem to fit into the setting?
Mr. Wilson and Myrtle are a poor couple. They do not fit into the setting
What is the relationship between Myrtle and Tom Buchanan?
They are having an affair with each other
Does Nick feel comfortable at the party in the apartment?
No, Nick does not feel comfortable at the party in the apartment
How does Myrtle’s nose end up broken?
Myrtle’s nose ended up broken because Tom hit her
What more have you learned about Nick in this chapter? Is he similar or different than the people he spends time with?
Nick is very different and more of an observer
According to Catherine, Myrtle’s sister, why doesn’t Tom and Daisy get a divorce? Is this the truth? If not how or why did this rumor start?
Tom and Daisy cannot divorce because it goes against her beliefs. This is false because she isn’t really Catholic. She probably made it up so he can’t leave her
What is the valley of ashes?
Place where New York’s ashes get dumped; men work to shovel these ashes up
Who’s eyes watch over everything in the valley of ashes?
Dr. T. J. Eckleburg
Describe George Wilson.
-Lives in a garage
-Buys and sells cars
-Blonde, spiritless, anæmic
-Faintly handsome
-Light blue eyes
Describe Myrtle.
-Wife of Wilson
-Tom’s other lover
-Thickish figure
-Middle thirties
-Faintly stout
-Face has no facet or gleam of beauty
Where do Tom, Myrtle, and Nick go in New York?
They go to the apartment where Tom and Myrte have affairs.
What kind of puppy does Myrtle buy?
an Airedale
Was this the first time Nick had ever been drunk?
No, the second
Describe Catherine.
-Slender, worldly girl of about thirty
-Red hair
-Eyebrows plucked and drawn on again
-Blurred air to her face
-Wore so many bracelets
-Lived with a girl friend at a hotel
Who does Myrtle invite to the party?
Her sister Catherine and the McKees
Describe Mr. McKee.
-Pale, feminine man from the flat below
-White spot of lather on his cheekbone
-Most respectful in his greeting
-In the artistic game
-Photographer; made the dim enlargement of Myrtle’s mother
Describe Mrs. McKee.
-Shrill, languid, hansome, horrible
-Mr. McKee photographed her 127 times since they married
What does Catherine say about Gatsby?
Gatsby is the nephew of Kaiser Wilhelm.
What does Catherine wish the McKees and the Wilsons would do?
Since neither of them like the person they’re married to, Catherine wishes they would just divorce.
Why does Catherine think Tom hasn’t divorced with Daisy?
She said Daisy is Catholic and Catholics don’t believe in divorce.
Is Daisy really Catholic?
no
What does Catherine say Daisy and Tom will do when they get married?
They will move West.
What did Daisy think of Monte Carlo?
She hated that town. She had an awful time getting back.
Who was Mrs. McKee originally going to marry?
Mr. Wilson
What did Myrtle think of Mr. Wilson?
She wasn’t the man she expected.
How did Myrtle meet Tom?
On a train
How did Tom react when Myrtle mentioned Daisy?
He broke her nose with his open hand.
What does the Valley of Ashes likely evoke?
images of death and darkness

 

The Great Gatsby Chapter 2 Study Guide Answers

what is the valley of ashes
Between NYC & Long Island (East & West Egg). representing
A place where ashes have been dumped by the road. The empty lives that are devoid of ideals or spirituality.
what are the “eyes of Dr. T.J Eckleburg”?
The eyes of Dr. Eckleburg are literally eyes on a billboard and figuratively witness to the comings and goings and the deeds of those who pass through the Valley of Ashes.
Who did Tom take Nick to meet
Myrtle, his mistress
Identify Myrtle and George Wilson.
Myrtle Wilson is Tom’s Mistress. George is her husband.
what did Mrs. Wilson buy when she was out with Tom and Nick?
dog, cold cream, town tattle, perfume, and a movie magazine
Where did they go? What was at 158th Street?
Tom’s flat was at 158th Street; this is where he carried on his affair with Myrtle.
identify Catherine and Mr and Mrs. Mckee
Myrtle’s sister, married couple, neighbors in apartment complex
Myrtle’s sister, married couple, neighbors in apartment complex
what does Catherine tell nick about Gatsby?
he’s Kisser Wilheims nephew
what reason did myrtle give for marrying George?
she thought he was a gentleman
what did tom do to myrtle when she mentioned Daisy’s’ name?
breaks her nose

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