This collection contains one quiz per chapter for each of the nine chapters in The Great Gatsby and a final, all-essay, test. The quizzes are easily scored and designed to check for basic comprehension. Each contains ten multiple-choice questions and an answer key.
The final test contains six essay topics, each designed to provide the student with an opportunity to think—and write—critically about the entire work, on a broad range of topics that cover the major characters and themes of the book, as well as the subject of Gatsby’s authorial style and the relevance of the book to today’s students. As written, the test requires students to choose two of the six options and write two essays, in class, during one class period. Of course you could adjust this format in any way that conforms best to your needs. You could, for example, have students write on three or more of the topics—or only one. You could give them the questions the day before the test and take a class period to discuss and/or pre-write answers in advance. On the day of the test, you might also allow students to have the book in front of them while writing their essays. In fact, two of the essay topics require that students refer to specific passages from the book. But if you didn't want the test to be open-book, you could easily just copy these two passages to the test, or you could simply remove them and use them as separate assignments. In fact any one of the essay topics would make an excellent single essay assignment or topic for small group and/or whole class discussion. If each topic is discussed in advance of the test, students will (theoretically!) produce better essays. In the end, you can use the test as-is or modify it to suite your needs.
Finally, if you're an AP English Language and Comp teacher, you'll find that Question #2--the style question--is particularly appropriate for your students, as it mirrors the rhetorical strategy question they will encounter on the AP exam in May.
I spent many hours carefully composing these quizzes and essay questions. The result is a finely-tuned, highly effective tool for assessing basic comprehension—but one that also goes well beyond that to offering students a vehicle for demonstrating their ability to think and write critically about this important—and classic—work of literature.
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