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. What does Holden tell Sally in the cab?

2. Who did Phoebe write a note to in her notebook?

3. What time is Holden's date?

4. Who does Holden make plans with for ten o' clock?

5. Who killed himself at Elkton Hills?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Holden have so much respect for Mr. Antolini?

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

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

4. Why does Holden feel bad about blowing smoke in the nuns' faces?

5. Why is Holden drawn to the boy singing as he walks down the street?

6. Why is Phoebe angry when she realizes Holden got kicked out of Pencey?

7. Why does Holden almost wish his parents caught him sneaking out of the apartment?

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

9. Why does Holden say he would volunteer to sit on an atomic bomb if there is another war?

10. Why does Holden decide that he should not feel sorry for girls who marry bores?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Holden's concern for the ducks in the lagoon. What is his concern? Why is he concerned? How does Holden address his concern? What does this concern reveal about his character?

Essay Topic 2

Identify and define the elements of a story arc. Identify the major plot points in The Catcher in the Rye that coordinate with those elements.

Essay Topic 3

Explain Holden's use of fantasy throughout the novel. What scenes and situations does he imagine? Why does he create these fantasies for himself? How do these fantasies affect the novel?

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