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The Great Gatsby

Character - The Great Gatsby - Test


In critical essays, you should use quotations as evidence of your comments on characters.

Each of the following quotations illustrates something significant about one of the eight characters in the novel which have been discussed.

Select the comment which you think best sums up what is illustrated.

'Possibly it had occurred to him that the colossal significance of that light had vanished forever... Now it was again a green light on a dock. His count of enchanted objects had diminished by one.'


'I found myself on Gatsby’s side, and alone.'


'What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?... And the day after that, and the next thirty years?'


'Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they'll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.'


'You said a bad driver was only safe until she met another bad driver? Well, I met another bad driver, didn't I?'


'I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,' she said finally. 'I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick my shoe.'


'Generally he was one of these worn-out men: when he wasn't working, he sat on a chair in the doorway and stared at the people and the cars that passed along the road.'


'"I see you're looking at my cuff buttons." I hadn't been looking at them, but I did now. They were composed of oddly familiar pieces of ivory. "Finest specimens of human molars," he informed me.'