The Catcher in the Rye Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What two reasons does Holden give for not talking about his early childhood?

The two reasons Holden gives for not talking about his early childhood are that that kind of thing bores him, and that his parents would be upset if he shared anything personal about them.

2. Why does Holden refer to D.B.'s writing in Hollywood as prostitution?

Holden refers to D.B.'s writing in Hollywood as prostitution because he feels that D.B. sold himself out for money.

3. Why does Mr. Spencer read Holden's essay on the Egyptians to him?

Mr. Spencer reads Holden's essay on the Egyptians to him because he is trying to get Holden to see that he is not putting forth any effort in school.

4. Why does Holden feel sad when he shakes Mr. Spencer's hand to say goodbye?

Holden feels sad when he shakes Mr. Spencer's hand to say goodbye because he respects Mr. Spencer and will miss him.

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