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You have been invited to a party thrown by Jay Gatsby at his Long Island mansion. Complete the following activities to ensure that you are properly prepared to impress the host and other partygoers.


Record your answers on the 1920s scavenger hunt on the Google Classroom.

Use the following resources to complete Ms. Barter's 1920s Scavenger Hunt.

1.) What is your 1920s name? Enter your name to find out.

2.) Watch this video. Identify three important developments that made the 1920s "roar."



1920s Fashion:

3.) Identify three trends a lady or gent might wear to a Gatsby party?

For Ladies:
Sauro, Clare. "Flappers." Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion. Ed. Valerie Steele. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 88-89. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 26 Feb. 2015.
Art Deco Society of California - How to Gatsby for Ladies

For Gentlemen:

Men's Fashion of the 1920s
Art Deco Society of California - How to Gatsby for Gentleman

1920s Food:

4.) What sorts of foods might be served by Gatsby? Find out the foods that were in fashion during the 1920s in American Food by the Decades. List of three foods you hope to eat (or drink) at Gatsby's party. Explain why the selected foods were new or different in the 1920s.

Liberman, Sherri. "1920s." American Food by the Decades. Ed. Sherri Liberman. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2011. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 26 Feb 2015.
(If the link does not work, visit ABC-Clio ebooks. First, enter the user name - sbrunswick and the password. Conduct a keyword search for American Food by the Decades. Select the chapter on the 1920s.)

5.) Gatsby's parties were legendary! Read the following passage to learn the details of a Gatsby affair.

List three happenings guests could expect a Gatsby's mansion.

“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 the 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.

At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby's enormous garden. On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d'oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold. In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another.

By seven o'clock the orchestra has arrived, no thin five-piece affair, but a whole pit full of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos, and low and high drums. The last swimmers have come in from the beach now and are dressing up-stairs; the cars from New York are parked five deep in the drive, and already the halls and salons and verandas are gaudy with primary colors, and hair shorn in strange new ways, and shawls beyond the dreams of Castile. The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other's names.

The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled with prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word. The groups change more swiftly, swell with new arrivals, dissolve and form in the same breath; already there are wanderers, confident girls who weave here and there among the stouter and more stable, become for a sharp, joyous moment the centre of a group, and then, excited with triumph, glide on through the sea-change of faces and voices and color under the constantly changing light.

Suddenly one of the gypsies, in trembling opal, seizes a cocktail out of the air, dumps it down for courage and, moving her hands like Frisco, dances out alone on the canvas platform. A momentary hush; the orchestra leader varies his rhythm obligingly for her, and there is a burst of chatter as the erroneous news goes around that she is Gilda Gray's understudy from the FOLLIES. The party has begun” (Fitzgerald 39-41).

Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 1925.

6.) Read two of the following articles. What rumor can you spread to others at the party explaining how Gatsby earned his millions?

"Roaring Twenties (Overview)." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 3 Mar. 2015.
Spanner, Don. "Jazz Age." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 3 Mar. 2015.
Vile, John R. "Prohibition." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 3 Mar. 2015.
(If a link does not work, go to ABC-Clio American History and search for the article title. User name - sbrunswick. Password - see a librarian.)

7.) Select your backstory:

Using what you have learned about the 1920s select an identity to play at Gatsby's party. Where do you come from? What do you do for a living? Why are you at the party?