Be able to define the following:

• The Jazz Age
• Prohibition
• Classism
• Rain
• Lilacs
• Afternoon
• A voice full of money
• The gas blue gown with lavender beads, $265

Be able to answer the following questions in a few sentences or less:

1. How does Gatsby represent the American Dream? The American Flag? Captain America?
2. Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it?
3. Why does life begin all over again when it gets crisp in the fall?
4. If a train leaves Long Island at 3:00pm and travels at 40mph through the Valley of Ashes, when will it arrive in New York City?
5. Would you like to hear about the butler’s nose?

A sample test question:

What would be the most efficient means of transporting a boat back ceaselessly into the past?

A. Oars
B. Sails
C. Motor
D. All of the above
E. None of the above
F. A and C only
G. B and C only
H. A and B only

Plan to write a short essay on any of the following topics/questions:

• Explain what is buoyed in the novel, and what is anchored.
• Is God a decrepit billboard? Why or why not?
• If you had the chance to steal an item from Myrtle’s dead body, what would it be and why?
• Is Nick an absolute rose? Use examples from the text to support your answer.


Natalie Homer is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. She likes cats, rainy days, and catching up to the person who cut her off in traffic. Her poetry has been published in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Roanoke Review, Epigraph Magazine, and Santa Clara Review.


“Zena Keefe, Alice Mills, Sara Mullen, Lucy Fox, and Eddie Buzzell, footlight and film celebrities, go to the beach for a radio-accompanied rehearsal. Zena looks worried about her cone, and some phonograph dealers are alarmed about the whole thing, but the wise ones grin in pleasure”
Retrieved January 30, 2014 from The Wireless Age magazine, published by Wireless Press Inc., New York, Vol. 10, No. 11, August 1923.
Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.