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The Atmosphere of the 20s
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Activity 2

The Atmosphere of the 20s


There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and he stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains. And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before. Every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiterer in New York — every Monday these same oranges and lemons left his back door in a pyramid of pulpless halves. There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice of two hundred oranges in half an hour if a little button was pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb.

The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925.

1
Get ready! In the text, find words corresponding to the following definitions.

1) a kind of insect (n.) ➜
2) a floating platform (n.) ➜
3) bubbles formed on a surface of a liquid (n.) ➜
4) box (n.) ➜
5) soft talking (n.) ➜
6) jumping into water (v.) ➜
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2
a. Pick out words from the text about Gatsby and classify them into these categories.

Social background Place where he lives People he spends time with

b. True or false? Justify with a brief quotation from the text.

1) The narrator is drawn to Gatsby’s lifestyle.


2) A lot of people attend Gatsby’s parties.



3) Gatsby’s parties are quiet.

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MEDIATION
Let's recap! Sum up the content of the document and explain how it represents the mood of the 1920s.

Useful vocabulary: The narrator highlights… Gatsby throws elaborate parties… The narrator depicts the way…
It illustrates well the era of… The character of Gatsby embodies… This extract shows...
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