This is a collection of quiz questions and analytical discussion prompts for The Great Gatsby. Each set of quiz and discussion prompts is one-to-two pages in length. Each set of quiz and discussion prompts includes a section of easy, comprehension-level questions and then a more thought-provoking set of analysis questions.
These sets of quiz and discussion prompts are to be used verbally-and they are generally for students in the upper 50% of student ability. In other words, these work very well with reasonably motivated students-in classes where at least 65% of your students will read a chapter for homework. These are not good quizzes for students well below grade level in reading.
There are, of course, many ways to use such prompts, but for the record, here's how I use them. I assign reading either in class or as homework. At the start of the period, the next day, I verbally recite the quiz questions-or at least three of them. Students write their answers on binder paper. Then, students trade papers and I recite the answers. There is sometimes negotiations and debate about the answers and sometimes I allow for a student to add something to the answer key. Then, I read the discussion prompts to the students-all at once, so they can process them for a few moments. Finally, we proceed through the questions one-by-one. Sometimes I skip questions; sometimes I add questions. Go ahead and alter things to suit your needs.
The purpose of the quiz questions is to assess the level of student reading and student comprehension. And, let's be honest, to make students accountable for the reading assignments. I want to be clear: the quiz questions are not analytical, but the discussion prompts are.
The quiz questions have the answers written immediately under the questions. Again, this is a verbal quiz. You cannot hand these out.
Note: these quiz and discussion prompts are very similar to the documents in the study guide folder I have for the same book. They are, with a few exceptions, re-formatted versions of those documents-so, don't buy both. If you want to hand quizzes out to students, pre-printed, buy the study guides. Both sets of documents do come, however, with many other activities and tests, in my The Great Gatsby. That unit is, of course also available here at Teacherspayteachers.
This package contains quizzes and discussion prompts for the following chapters: