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Nick begins the chapter by describing an incident in which a reporter showed up at Gatsby's door, asking to interview him. This opening reminds the reader that Gatsby is the subject of rumour and gossip throughout New York. After describing the incident, Nick notes that he spent some away from Gatsby, and then goes on to verify the true facts of Gatsby's biography. In the chronology (history/narrative) of the novel, Nick did not know these details yet, but in looking back on the incidents as the narrator of something that occurred in the past, he did. He then gives Gatsby's biographical details, the truth behind both the public rumours and Gatsby's own claims: born Jay Gatz on a farm in North Dakota around 1900; changed his name to Jay Gatsby at age seventeen; spends more than a year on the south shore of Lake Superior clamming (gather clam/sea-shell by digging in the sand by the ocean) and fishing; attends and drops out of St. Olaf College in southern Minnesota after


Nick returns to his house after visiting with Jordan from the city and sees that Gatsby has turned on every light in his house and walking over late at night on his front lawn to visit Nick. Gatsby asks Nick if he would like to take a swim in his pool. Nick realizes that Gatsby's is trying to convince him to set up the meeting with Daisy. Nick tells Gatsby that he will invite Daisy for tea and the two agree on a time. In return, Gatsby offers Nick a business opportunity to "pick up a bit of money," but Nick declines and assures Gatsby he is making the invitation as a favour and wants nothing in return. Nick calls Daisy the next day and asks her to visit, but not to bring Tom. Daisy agrees. Gatsby becomes obsessed (fascinated) with making everything perfect for the meeting. Though it's raining he sends a man to cut Nick's lawn and also makes sure Nick's house is full of flowers. Gatsby arrives at Nick's house an hour before Daisy is expected and Nick

Writing Task 2 TIPS

Writing Task 2 Essays (for Academic): 1. Advantages and Disadvantages (Expository Version) 2. Causes/Problems and Solutions 3. Mixed 4. Opinion 5. Discussion 6. Advantages and Disadvantages (Opinion Version) 7. Two Part Expository and Opinion Task 2 – Essay Type 1 – Advantages and Disadvantages In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school and starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to do this. In various nations around the world, many people advocate taking a gap year in order to work or travel before beginning one’s tertiary education. While this offers a few advantages, there are also some disadvantages that are worth considering. There are two main benefits to students travelling or working before their university education. Firstly, through travelling, they will be able to expand their horizons. When students go overs

IELTS Academic Writing Part 1 Samples

Picture 1 IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Map: »  You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.  The two maps below show an island, before and after the construction of some tourist facilities.  Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. »  Write at least 150 words. Sample Answer 1: The given picture compares an island before and after some contractions of tourists’ facilities and compares the changed made on the island for the contractions. As is observed from the given illustration, many new facilities have been constructed for the tourists’ including accommodations, restaurant, swimming facilities etc. and those have been constructed without affecting the natural resources that much. Before the facilities were constructed, there was only trees and beach on the island and most of the places were empty. In this island, many new tourists’ facilities have been made including the m