The Great Gatsby Questions (Chapter 2)

  1. What do you find is the most crucial in the plot in Chapter 2?
  2. How does Nick meet Tom’s mistress?
  3. How does Myrtle react to Tom’s arrival?
  4. Describe George Wilson. How does he react to Tom’s arrival?
  5. Describe the setting of the valley of the ashes where George and Myrtle live. What aspects of the valley of the ashes are symbolic, and what do they symbolize? Use a quotation from the text to justify your answer.
  6. Why does Tom attack Myrtle at the end of the party?
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2. Tom takes Nick into the city and on the way there stops off at her house/her husband’s garage to meet her. They then go into the city and have a party at the apartment Tom rents for Myrtle and their indiscretions

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3. She is delighted and behaves sexy and she was clearly awaiting his arrival.

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4. George has blond hair and light blue eyes; he is spiritless, anemic (lacking power, vigor, vitality, or colorfulness; listless; weak), and only faintly handsome. He seems hopeful for something that Tom may bring (we’re led to believe it has something to do with a car that Tom was going to sell him).

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5. “This is a Valley of Ashes—a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses and chimneys and rising smoke and, finally, with a transcendent effort, of men who move dimly and already crumbling through the powdery air. Occasionally a line of gray cars crawls along an invisible track, gives out a ghastly creak, and comes to rest, and immediately the ash-gray men swarm up with leaden spades and stir up an impenetrable cloud, which screens their obscure operations from your sight.”

The Valley of Ashes is a trash dump. The rotting valley represents the rotting American dream.

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6. Because she mentioned Daisy and Toom did not like that and since he is cruel and rude in general, he attacked her.

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