Need a complete no-prep unit test on The Great Gatsby that you can use to assess your students on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel by tomorrow?
When you test your students with this resource you will:
• utilize two different versions of the test to help curb cheating
• help your struggling learners to feel comfortable with the test by warming them up with simple short answer-questions
• give your students an assessment that will continue their learning and exploration of the novel
• reward students who have read and worked through the text themselves by giving the quote identifications on some of the key passages of the book
• give your students choice about their short essays by offering eight different short essay options
• challenge your students to write their own meaning statements and back them up with evidence from the text by writing short essays
• have some fun grading the tests because of the variety of responses
• have an easier time grading when you utilize the included rubrics and answer keys
• fulfill the requirement to test your students on the novel without giving them unnecessary busy work or trivial questions
• give your students a test on The Great Gatsby that truly measures their understanding of the plot, characters, and themes of the novel
There are three parts to the test. Some of the questions are more straightforward, while others require more synthesis and critical thinking.
The first section, short answers, are a great way to warm students up and give them some confidence. They are also good for assessing students knowledge of the basic facts of the novel.
The second part is quote identifications. My experience is that students who have read the novel, struggled with the text, and actually read it themselves, do well on this section. There are three parts to each answer; students should explain who the quotes are about, what is happening in terms of plot (“This is the part when…”) and then explain something about the meaning of the quote in terms of themes or bigger ideas.
The third section is a short essay. I usually require a solid paragraph—this is also often referred to as an “open response.” What I am looking for here is that students can write a meaning statement that they support with examples from the book
There are two slightly different versions of the test included here, with different short answers and quote IDs but the same essay questions. I suggest using them both if you teach more than one section of a class, so that students who take the test earlier in the day won’t be able to report the questions to their peers who will be taking the same test later on that day.