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Homework Assignment: Syntax/Sentence Structure in Gatsby
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own.He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterablevisions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like themind of a God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuningfork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touchshe blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete.
- Question #1: Identify the subject and verb of this sentence:He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterablevisions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like themind of a God.
- Question #2: Identify the two similes used in this passage. What two things are being compared in each and why?
- Question #3: Label each type of sentence used in this passage (simple, complex, compound, compound-complex).
- Question #4: What is the effect of the sentence variety? How does the syntax contribute to the mood and tone of the passage?
West Egg especially still figures in my more fantastic dreams. I see it as anight scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional andgrotesque, crouching under a sullen, overhanging sky and a lusterlessmoon. In the foreground four solemn men in dress suits are walking alongthe sidewalk with a stretcher on which lies a drunken woman in a whiteevening dress. Her hand, which dangles over the side, sparkles cold withjewels. Gravely the men turn in at a house—the wrong house. But no oneknows the woman’s name and no one cares. (p 185).
- Question #1: In one word, choose a tone for this passage.
- Question #2: Which words in particular contribute to creating this tone?
- Question #3: What is the effect created by the hyphen? (hint: do not say ‘to create a pause’—dig deeper on this one…).
PART TWO: (This is due in TWO DAYS). Do an IMITATION of this paragraph on the topic of your best friend.
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This is to be assigned near the end of the book after the syntax and sentence structure have already been discussed. I use this with Advanced Placement English Language and Composition students.