Homework for Week 14 (July 14th)

Read Chapter 9 in English and in Japanese (pp. 130-144). Make notes in your notebook on TWO of the topics below:

(1) Discuss Nick’s changing relationship with Gatsby after his death. What does he do? What does he think of the others?

(2) Discuss the character of Mr. Gatz. What are views of his son? Compares these views with what we know of Gatsby’s life.

(3) Discuss Nick’s comment on being from the West (pp. 139-40). What does he say about his western identity and that of Gatsby, Tom, Daisy and Jordan?

(4) Discuss Nick’s meeting with Tom (pp. 141-42). What does Nick do? What does he think of Tom and Daisy?

(5) Discuss Nick’s final comment on Gatsby (pp. 143-44). What does Nick think of Gatsby and his dream?

Homework for Week 13 (July 7th)

A. Read Chapter 8 in English and in Japanese. Make notes in your notebook on ONE of the topics below:

(1) Discuss Gatsby’s story of himself and of his relationship with Daisy, before and after the war (pp.117-121). How does Nick know about Daisy’s thoughts and feelings while Gatsby is away (p. 120, para. 2-4)?

(2) Discuss Nick comment to Gatsby, “They’re a rotten crowd … You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together” (p. 122). Why is he pleased to have said this? Why after after saying he always “disapproved” of Gatsby?

(3) Discuss the scene between Michaelis and George Wilson (124-128)? What does George say and do? What leads him to his final actions?

B. Complete a draft of the essay. Include a title, an introduction and thesis statement, 4 or more body paragraphs, a conclusion and a list of sources.

Homework for Week 12 (June 30th)

A. Finish Chapter 7 in English and in Japanese (pp. 108-116)

Make notes in your notebook about TWO of the topics below:

(1) Discuss the accident (pp. 108-109. Explain the change of point of view in this section. Where does the information about the accident come from? What sources does Nick cite?

(2) Discuss the scene at Wilson’s garage (pp.109-113). What do we learn about the accident? Who are the witnesses? What does Tom do?

(3) Discuss the the scene at Tom’s house (pp. 113-116). Why does Nick want to leave? What do we learn about the accident? What is Gtasby’s plan? What does Nick see of Tom and Daisy? What does he mean when he says “they were conspiring together”?

B. Work on your essay.

A draft is due on July 7th. Bring some of your research materials to class. There will be some time for consultation.

 

Homework for Week 11

Read half of Chapter 7 in English and in Japanese (pp. 94-108)

Make notes in your notebook about the topics below:

(1) Discuss the dinner at the Buchanan’s home (pp. 91-94). What does the conversation tell us about the characters? What do we learn about Daisy, Tom and Gatsby?

(2) Discuss the drive into New York and the stop at Wilson’s garage (95-99). What do we learn from this scene? What do you think of Gatsby’s comment about Daisy “Her voice is full of money”?

(3) Discuss the hotel room scene (pp. 99-108). What topics do the characters discuss? Explain the confrontation between Tom and Gatsby. What does Gatsby ask of Daisy? How does she respond? What is revealed about Gatsby?

Homework for Week 10 (June 16th)

A. Read Chapter 6 (in English and / or in Japanese).

In your notebook, make Notes on TWO of the topics below and prepare to discuss them in class next time

1. Discuss Gatsby’s background (pp. 78-81). Focus on his identity and origins, his imagination and dreams, and his experience seeking fortune.

2. Discuss Tom’s visit to Gatsby (pp. 81-83). What does this scene suggest about Tom and Gatsby?

3. Discuss Tom and Daisy’s attendance at Gatsby’s party. What does Tom think about the people and the party? What does Daisy think about the party and its guests? What thoughts does Nick have observing the party and the guests? (pp. 83-89).

4. What do you make of Gatsby’s words, “Can’t repeat the past? … Why of course you can!” What does this opinion suggest about Gatsby?

B. Think about a possible essay topic for the final paper.

Download the topics here. (PDF 119 Kb)

Mid-Term Test (June 2nd)

Re-read Chapters 1-4 and review the notes and writing in your notebook.

We will have a mid-term test in two weeks (June 2nd). The test will include:

(1) A writing question on a character from the novel (your choice)

(2) True / False, Multiple choice and short answer questions on characters, setting, events, and language in The Great Gatsby as well as information from lectures (biographical and cultural background)

(3) A question asking you to comment on one passage from the text

Most of the questions will be connected to topics we have discussed in class. Next week, there will be time for review and you will hear further details about the questions.

Homework for Week 6 (May 26th)

Read Chapter 4 (in English or in Japanese / English).

Make notes in your notebook on one of the topics below. Be ready to discuss your answer in class next time. Remember to give evidence from the text to support your answer (words, phrases, sentences with page numbers)..

1. Discuss Nick and Gatsby’s drive into New York (pp. 51-55). What does Gatsby says about himself? What does Nick think of Gatsby’s stories? What does Nick think of New York?

2. Discuss Nick and Gatsby’s lunch with Meyer Wolfshiem (pp. 55-59). What kind of person is Wolfshiem? What is his relation to Gatsby?

3. Discuss the story told to Nick by Jordan about Gatsby (pp. 59-64). This is “backstory” of Gatsby’s relationship with Daisy. What happened and what is Gatsby’s plan for Daisy? What does Nick think about this? And what does he think about his relationship with Jordan?

Homework for Week 5 (May 12th)

Read Chapter 3 in English (and Japanese) and make notes in your notebook for one of the questions below:

(1) Discuss the image of Gatsby in the minds of people at the party. Comment on Nick’s first meeting of Gatsby. What does he think of Gatsby?

(2) Comment on Gatsby’s party: How does Nick describe it? What makes it special? What do your think of the scene in the Library with Jordan, Nick and the “owl-eyed man” (pp. 37-38)? What does the owl-eyed man suggest about Gatsby?

(3) Comment on Nick’s thoughts on living in New York city (pp. 46-47). What does he say about life in the city? Also, comment on his thoughts on Jordan (pp. 47-48). What does he think of her?

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Homework for Week 4

Read Chapter 2 (in English and or in English AND Japanese).

In your notebook, make NOTES on these two topics and prepare to discuss them in class next time

1. Discuss the characters Myrtle Wilson and George Wilson: Who are they? What kind of people are they? (Occupation, appearance, personality, etc. ) Discuss their relationship? Take words and phrases from the English text and give page numbers as supporting evidence.

2. Describe the The Valley of Ashes and Wilson’s garage:  What kind of places are they? How does Nick describe them? Take words and phrases from the English text and give page numbers as supporting evidence.