What are the possible and most asked Great Gatsby essay questions in exams?would you rather write a essay on the Great Gatsby and answer the contexual question on The Crucible or the other...

What are the possible and most asked Great Gatsby essay questions in exams?

would you rather write a essay on the Great Gatsby and answer the contexual question on The Crucible or the other way in exams? what would you prefer?

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Did you know you could find the answer to your question here on eNotes? At the link below, there is a list of possible essay topics. You will see that the essay questions are quite extensive and encompass questions about the characters, themes, setting, plots - just about anything anyone could ask. There are questions about the historical setting of the novel (what the jazz age was, how this novel fit into the jazz age, how this novel illustrates the history and culture of the 1920s, etc.), the writing style of F. Scott Fitzgerald (point of view, satire, imagery) - it's mind boggling, but you should look at this link anyway. Also check out the link to the themes, sample essay outlines, etc.

As far as the second part of your question, only you can answer that. First of all, consider which of the works you like better or feel you understand better. Again, check out the link here on eNotes for help with the main ideas of The Crucible. When you decide which work you like more and understand more, then you must ask yourself "Would I rather write about this or answer questions about it?" Which would be easier for you to write about and which do you feel would be easier to answer questions about? Also, how much time do you have? If you are writing an essay, you have time to read up on it, refer to the novel, do some research. However, will you have the same amount of time for answering the contextual questions, or is it going to be in a test-like atmosphere where you will have limited time? It appears as if your teacher is giving you a choice, and you mention the word "exam" - so that leads me to believe your time is going to be limited. If this is the case, how are you at writing under pressure? This will figure into your decision. Once you answer these questions, your decision will be easier.

These are both major works and they are each rich in choices. For me, I would rather write an essay on The Great Gatsby because it is a novel and answer questions about The Crucible because it is a play. From my point of view as a teacher, I think the questions I might assign on this play might be easier to answer than questions on the novel because the play has so much more dialogue than the novel and therefore more limits on the amount of themes, depth of character, etc.

It will be interesting to see what other teachers say.

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