The Catcher in the Rye Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Holden talk to when he feels depressed?

2. What does Holden think will happen to him when he crosses streets?

3. Where is Phoebe when Holden arrives?

4. Who did D.B. bring when he visited?

5. Who is the regular night elevator boy at Holden's apartment building?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Holden confused when Sally tells him to stop yelling?

2. Why does Holden react the way he does when he wakes up to Mr. Antolini patting his head?

3. What does it reveal about Holden when he finally tells Phoebe what he likes?

4. Why is Holden so emotional when he sees Phoebe on the carousel?

5. Why does Holden feel better when he is looking around D.B.'s room?

6. Why does Holden end the novel where he does?

7. Why did it bother Holden that the boys in his Oral Expression class yelled “Digression!” during speeches?

8. Why does Holden wish he could change his memory of Allie and the BB guns?

9. Why is Holden upset by seeing vulgarities written on the walls of the museum and school?

10. Why does Holden call Sally when he is drunk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the climax of the novel. How do you know this is the climax? Could any other scenes be considered the climax? If so, which ones, and why? How does the beginning of the novel lead up to the climax? How is the novel resolved after the climax?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Holden's relationships with adults in The Catcher of the Rye. What adults does he respect? Why does he respect them? What adults does he not respect? Why does he not respect them?

Essay Topic 3

Examine Holden's relationship with Phoebe. Why does he have such a close relationship with his sister? How are the two alike? How are they different? What does this relationship reveal about Holden's character? How does it affect his actions in the novel?

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