1. F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said that “there are no second acts in American lives.” Do the life and death of Jay Gatsby demonstrate this claim or refute it? Does the novel ultimately argue that one can never re-invent himself? Do we have the capacity to become someone entirely new if we commit to the new person or will the ghosts of the past always pull us back?
  2. How does the motif of accidents reflect the cynicism of the Modernist worldview?
  3. What is ultimately the most to blame for the tragic end of the novel: Tom’s philandering, Gatsby’s nostalgic desire for the past, Daisy’s selfishness, or Nick’s silence?
  4. Fitzgerald is known as the preeminent chronicler of the Jazz Age, perhaps better depicting its excesses and virtues better than anyone. How does Nick Caraway demonstrate both attraction to and repulsion from the lives of the incredibly rich inhabitants of Long Island?
  5. Does the novel argue that Jay Gatsby is a tragic hero responsible for his own downfall or is it a critique of a society in which romanticism is no longer allowed/permitted?

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If you have not taken the Unit 1: Rhetoric Test, please remember that you need to complete it by this Thursday (one week from the original date).

If you would like to take the test a second time to improve your grade, you can schedule a time as early as Tuesday of this week but must complete the retake by Tuesday, September 25.

A few notes about the retake:

  • You are not guaranteed to increase your score. Your grade for the test will be score you receive on the second try.
  • The notes for the unit are still available in the downloads section of the website.
  • You should consider reading the sample paragraph responses. Those will give you a sense of why your original answers did not receive as many points as they could have.

It’s time for our first essay of the year, which has to be the most exciting news you’ve heard in weeks.

The prompt is located on the downloads page. Please make sure to read the entire prompt and the expectations associated with it. The essay will be due on Sunday, September 2 via Google Docs.

Please share your response (double-spaced, at least 800 words) with me at dpogreba@gmail.com.

There are seven specific things from AP Essay Boot Camp I’d like you to include:

  1. STAMPY intro
  2. Hook, Bridge, Thesis Intro
  3. Concession Structure
  4. Subtopics in Paragraphs
  5. Good Transitions (It’s undeniable that, Despite, Even More Significantly)
  6. 2 Naysayers
  7. Proofreading!