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. Where does Holden go after the ice skating rink?

2. Where does Carl go to school?

3. What does Mr. Antolini do while Holden waits for the elevator?

4. Who does Holden give ten dollars to at breakfast?

5. Where does Holden think his father will send him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Holden so upset when Phoebe tells him to shut up?

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

7. How has Carl changed when Holden meets him at the Wicker Bar?

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

9. Why does Holden want to move to the West and pretend to be a deaf-mute?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of Holden's creativity on his character. What does he say about film, music, and literature? What does he think of each? Why? How does Holden's creativity affect his character?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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