"A false friend and a shadow attend only when the sun shines," Benjamin Franklin observed. The lights have come up at Gatsby's parties; those who enjoyed the fruits of his largess abandon him when he is in need. In Chapter 9, Nick is reflecting on the events of a past summer. There are things about life that become clearer, and more sad, in retrospect. The past can be painful because unlike the future, nothing can be done to change it. Discover how well you understand the conclusion of The Great Gatsby by taking our exclusive, interactive quiz to Chapter 9. Rank your score against others and see how you compare. What have you got to lose? Nothing! What do you have to gain? A better grade!