The Great Gatsby: Chapter 1 Discussion Questions

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Nick Carraway Daisy Buchanan Tom Buchanan Jordan Baker
First Impressions.  Without looking back at your book, jot down your impressions of these characters based on Chapter 1.  If you’ve seen the movie, try to ignore those ideas.



Now, go back to the book and find 2 passages for each character that either support, complicate, or contradict your first impressions.  Were your first impressions accurate?

Discussion Questions:

  • This chapter is full of rumors.  What rumors, secrets, and gossip and show up in Chapter 1?  Why do you think rumors are so central to this chapter?
  • What does Nick seem to think about the other characters in Chapter 1?
  • How would you describe Tom and Daisy’s relationship?