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The Great Gatsby

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Nick Reacts to Gatsby's Bio

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After that I lived like a young rajah in all the capitals of Europe – Paris, Venice, Rome – collecting jewels, chiefly rubies, hunting big game, painting a little, things for myself only, and trying to forget something very sad that happened to me long ago.

What is Nick’s reaction to Gatsby’s disclosure about his past?

A

Nick is impressed by the range of experiences Gatsby seems to have experienced, but doubts that he is hearing all of the details.

B

Nick must contain himself and not laugh out loud at how shallow and artificial Gatsby’s description of his life sounds to him.

C

Nick wonders what is true and what is an exaggeration in Gatsby’s description of his early life.

D

Nick becomes angry as he believes Gatsby is lying to him and trying to hide his connections to criminal activities.

E

Nick is confused because Gatsby’s account of his early life is very different from the gossip Nick has heard at Gatsby’s parties. He cannot determine which story is the truth.