The Great Gatsby Internet Treasure Hunt
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Briefly skim the biography on F. Scott Fitzgerald. List several items that greatly influenced his life and his writing.
F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary: Biography.
2. World War I
After the war ended, the economy skyrocketed, making it possible for people to spend more time and money on leisure activities. After reviewing the websites below, list three major innovations that came out of the WWI experience.
After the War: List the dominant postwar American attitudes and the major movements of the 1920’s. Pay close attention to the attitudes of the “Lost Generation” and the “Prosperity & Consumerism” movement.
3. 19th Amendment
19th amendment What right did women gain from the passage of the 19th Amendment?
4. The Roaring Twenties
1920s List three changes that occurred in the 1920s.
5. 18th Amendment
18th amendment
What exactly does the law prohibit? (paraphrase) Who drafted this amendment and what group was the author representing?
6. Prohibition
To answer the questions for this topic, click here and scroll down to the appropriately titled sections of the website.
“Prohibition in a Nutshell.” What are the three major elements of Prohibition in the 1920’s?
“Results of Prohibition.” What were the final results of Prohibition? (Hint – read the final line of this paragraph!)
7. Speakeasies
Is that you Joe? What is a Speakeasy? Based on information you have already collected from previous quesitons, why do you think Speakeasies popped up across the country?
8. Organized Crime & Arnold Rothstein

Rothstein List three elements of Rothstein’s character that interest you. Explain. What is his primary occupation? What are his ‘side jobs?’
Gangsters Read the quotes at the beginning of this site.
Did your impression of Rothstein change from one web page to the next? Explain.
9. Flappers
Flapper culture Read the first five paragraphs of the article about Flapper Jane. According to the author, what are the essential elements of being a true flapper?
After reading the article, look at the selected photos of Louise Brooks . Does she fit the ‘Flapper’ profile as proposed by the author of “Flapper Jane?” Why or why not?
10. Automobiles
Why were cars considered “the most important catalyst for social change in the 1920's?”
Neo-Classic (meaning “new classics”) autos that’s are built today in the styles of the 20’s and 30’s. The white and gold car is similar to what Jay Gatsby would have driven.
11. Music
Listen to a few sample recordings of music from the early 1920’s. What is your initial reaction to the music?
Orchestral compositions – Listen to “The Charleston”
Josephine Baker – Listen to “I Love My Baby”
George Gershwin – Listen to “Rhapsody in Blue” (you may recognize it!)
12. 1920’s Slang
On the menu bar at the top of page, click on “1920’s Slang,” then answer the questions below.
List 5 slang words or phrases and definitions from this site and write them down in your notes.
Why did you choose these terms?
13. Dorothy Parker Poem
Dorothy Parker is a poet most often linked to the 1920’s New York literati scene. She wrote for New Yorker magazine when it was first started by her friends, and was a fixture at the Algonquin Round Table (hangout of Parker and her famous friends). She is best known for her caustic wit and cutting poems.
Read Parker’s poem The Flapper
Do you think Ms. Parker approves or disapproves of Flappers? Explain.
14. Drawing Conclusions
Based on the information you have collected from this website, what do you think the plot and setting of The Great Gatsby will include? What kinds of characters do you expect to encounter in the novel?

Originally created by Arbizu, Valerie. “The Great Gatsby Internet Treasure Hunt”. Lit Lover@ 6 March 2005.

Updated by B. Huth 2 February 2009