11 клас, Література США

Епоха джазу. Ф. Скотт  Фіцджеральд. Великий Гетсбі.

  1. Watch the video “Women of the twenties”


It will help you to see how  the women set up themselves free.

1.They wore  short bob (new hairstyle);

                  shorter clothes trying to expose their knees and legs;

                   silk stockings rolled just above the knee.

2.They went out without a man to look after them to all-night parties.

3.They drove motor cars.

4.Women smoked in public.

5.They held men’s hands without wearing gloves.

6.They  often danced  very intimate dances such as the Charleston, One Step.

2. Watch the video about F. Scott Fitzgerald to learn more about the life of the Jazz Age writer.


Now you can

Read the text and fill in the gaps with the appropriate word from the box

Love, entertainments, money, rich, agreed, attended, later, join,

Independence, lost, famous, businessman, illness, university

 Francis Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most outstanding American writers of the 1____ generation. They are empty people, they can’t fight against the corruption of the 2___. They try to fill their spiritual emptiness with all kinds of 3___. The writer was born into a family of a 4___. The family inherited much 5___from

Fitzgerald’s grandmother who was very wealthy. Francis6___ Princeton, a university for rich Americans. There he tried to 7___ the most fashionable clubs. Money gave him 8___, previleges and style. He left the university without a degree because of 9___. He began his  literary career at 10___ writing essays to The magazine “The Tiger”. At the age of 21 he fell in 11___ with  Zelda Laure, the daughter of a wealthy lawyer. Two years 12___ he published his first novel “ The Side of the Paradise”. The book was a success and made him rich and 13___. Only after that Zelda 14___ to marry him.

3. The texts below are from “The Great Gatsby”. They will help you prepare for ZNO.

4. Read the text. For each of the empty spaces (1-8) choose the correct answer (A,B,C or D).

The Great Gatsby

  One afternoon late in October I saw Tom Buchanan. He was walking ahead of me  (1)__ Fifth Avenue in his alert, aggressive way, his hands out (2)__ from his body as if to fight off interference, his head moving sharply here and there… Just as I slowed up to avoid (3) __ him he stopped and began (4)__ into the windows of a jewelry store. Suddenly he saw me and walked back holding his hand.

   “What’s the matter, Nick? Do you object (5) __ shaking hands with me?”

   “Yes. You know what I think of you.”

   “You’re crazy, Nick” he said quickly. “Crazy as hell. I don’t know what’s the matter with you.”

   “Tom,” I enquired, “what did you say to Wilson that afternoon?”

He stared (6) __   me without a word, and I knew I (7) __ right about those missing hours. I started to turn away, but he (8)__ a step after me and grabbed my arm.












a few



a little


to overtake






to frowning


to frown












had guessed

have guessed

to guess



is taking

had taken



5. Read the text below. Choose from (A-I) the one which best fits each space (1-7). There are two choices you do not need to use.

The Great Gatsby

   “I told him the truth,” he said. “He came to the door (1)__ ,when I sent down word that we weren’t in he tried to force his way up-stairs. He was crazy enough to kill me if I hadn’t told him (2)__. His hand was on a revolver in his pocket every minute he was in the house –“ He broke off defiantly. “What if I did tell him? That fellow had it coming to him. He threw dust into your eyes (3)__, but he was a tough one. He ran over Myrtle like you would run over a dog (4)__”.

   There was nothing I could say, (5)__ that it wasn’t true….

    I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that (6)__ was, for him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or (7)__ that it kept them together, and let other people clean  up the mess they had made….

  1. which was very careless
  2. and never even stopped his car
  3. whatever it was
  4. what he had done
  5. I hated him
  6. who owned the car
  7. just like he did in Daisy’s
  8. while we were getting ready to leave
  9. except the one fact