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. Why does Holden want Carl to stay for one more drink?

2. Who answers the phone when Holden makes his call?

3. What does Holden get for breakfast?

4. Where did Holden sleep after leaving Mr. Antolini's apartment?

5. What is Phoebe's full name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Holden start to cry when he is saying goodbye to Phoebe?

2. Why does Holden want to be the “catcher in the rye?”

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

4. Why does Carl suggest Holden see a psychoanalyst?

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

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

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

8. What does Holden thinking he will disappear as he crosses the street symbolize, and why does he call out to Allie for help?

9. Why does it make Holden sad when Phoebe asks why he got kicked out of Pencey?

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

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

Identify the point of view of The Catcher in the Rye. How is the point of view identified? How does the point of view affect the novel? Why does the author use this point of view to tell the novel?

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