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 beverage does Mrs. Antolini bring for Holden and her husband during their visit?

2. How old does Holden say he is when he is asked in the men's room?

3. What does Holden get for breakfast?

4. What does Holden tell Sally in the cab?

5. Where is the second place Holden intends to look for Phoebe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Holden regret telling his novel?

7. Why does Holden imagine he was shot by Maurice?

8. Why does Holden scold Phoebe for putting ink on Curtis Weintraub's windbreaker?

9. Why does Holden think it does not seem like Christmas is coming soon?

10. Why does Holden like the kettledrum player in the orchestra?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the final chapter of The Catcher in the Rye. Is this a satisfying ending? Why or why not? What, if any, unanswered questions does the author leave the reader with? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the importance of perception in literature. How does the author use perception to affect the reader's interpretation of events in the novel? Give one example from The Catcher in the Rye that shows the importance of perception. Is this an effective use of perception? Why or why not?

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