The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 Questions and Answers

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Chapter 3 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What kinds of cars does Gatsby use to transport guests?

2. How do the guests behave?

3. What does Nick wear to the party?

4. How does Gatsby interact with the guests?

5. What observation does Owl Eyes make about Gatsby’s library?

6. What is Nick’s first opinion of Gatsby?

7. What happens at the end of the party as the guests are leaving?

8. What does Gatsby’s formal gesture of waving farewell remind us of?

9. What story does Nick recall about Jordan, and what is the catalyst for his remembering?

10. How does Nick provide a contrast, a foil character, to Jordan?

Answers
1. His station wagon and a Rolls-Royce provide transportation for the guests.

2. The guests display the rules of behavior associated with amusement parks.

3. He dresses up in his white flannels.

4. He does not participate.

5. The library contains real books though the pages have yet to be cut. Here, and in references to Tom’s “reading,” the emphasis seems to be on pseudo-intellectualism.

6. He is impressed with his smile and his genuine interest.

7. A wheel comes off a drunken guest’s car, and the occupants end up in a ditch.

8. Earlier he extended his arm over the bay toward the green light.

9. She “had moved her ball from a bad lie in the semi-final round” of a golf tournament. Nick remembers this scandal as he and Jordan are “on a house-party together up in Warwick,” and she leaves a borrowed car out in the rain with the top down, and then lied about it.

10. Jordan is “incurably dishonest”; Nick is exceedingly honest.