Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Great Gatsby Test Question 10

If we were to create a soundtrack for the book The Great Gatsby in this class, what song would you suggest for the soundtrack and why?  Do a lyric or song search to find an appropriate song that would compliment our soundtrack.  You may search by one of the themes of the book or by a name.  Copy and paste your lyrics, list the performer and the copyright information before the lyrics, like I did below.  Please make sure you have used an appropriate and clean version of the song you would like to include.  Underneath your lyrics, give a brief explanation of why you would propose this song.  No repeats, please.

Performer: Duke Ellington
Album: Duke Ellington 1938
Date: 1938

In my solitude you haunt me
With reveries of days gone by
In my solitude you taunt me
With memories that never die
I sit in my chair
Filled with despair
Nobody could be so sad
With gloom ev'rywhere
I sit and I stare
I know that I'll soon go mad
In my solitude
I'm praying
Dear Lord above
Send back my love

I would propose Solitude by Duke Ellington because it reminds me of Jay Gatsby.  He spent many hours in solitude, even at his own parties, pining away for Daisy.  We find out that he is waiting for Daisy to attend one of his parties.  I also thought this song was perfect because it was written by Duke Ellington, one of the most prominent Jazz Age musicians.  The style of the music would fit right in with the music in the book.

The Great Gatsby Test Question 9

Explain how The Great Gatsby reflects the Jazz Age.

The Great Gatsby Test Question 8

Compare and contrast the characters of Tom and Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby Test Question 7

Discuss what 2 of the following symbols represent in the novel:
a) the valley of ashes
b) the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg
c) the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock
d) the mantle clock
e) Daisy’s voice “full of money”

The Great Gatsby Test Question 6

In the story, Tom and Daisy are a part of the established upper class, while Gatsby is part of the class known as the nouveau riche. Decide which social group you would want to belong to and explain why.

The Great Gatsby Test Question 5

Explain how Fitzgerald uses setting to emphasize the differences between the social classes.

The Great Gatsby Test Question 4

   Again, why are we still reading a book written in the 1920's? What gives a book its longevity? And which of its themes are eternal in the American psyche.

The Great Gatsby Test Question 3

  How did Fitzgerald use weather to reflect the mood of the story?

The Great Gatsby Test Question 2

   Nick is both part of the action and acting as an objective commentator. What effect does this narration style have on the story and the reader? Why?

The Great Gatsby Test Question 1

  Does this novel have villains and heroes? Why, why not? If yes, who fits into these categories and why?