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Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Who is Phoebe?
  1. She is Holden's little sister.
  2. She is an old friend of Holden's brother.
  3. She is Holden's aunt, in whom he confides.
  4. She is a playmate from his early childhood.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Describe Holden's relationship with Jane Gallagher.
  1. They have been romantically involved for over a year, although they are currently having a disagreement because Jane wants to date others and Holden doesn't.
  2. They seem to be good friends, playing checkers, going to movies, and talking. There was no advanced romantic involvement between them.
  3. They used to be romantically involved but now they can't stand each other.
  4. They have only spoken a few times, but Holden would like to get to know her better.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Holden said he felt like committing suicide. Why didn't he?
  1. He wanted to write a letter to Phoebe first, but didn't have paper or a pencil, so he decided to wait.
  2. He was afraid he might not succeed, and then he would have to face his parents.
  3. He didn't want a bunch of "stupid rubbernecks" looking at him all gory.
  4. was going to jump out the window, but he couldn't get it open. He got tired of trying, and fell asleep.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Whom did Holden meet on his train ride? Why did he lie to her?
  1. He met a friend of his mother's. He lied because he was afraid she would tell his mother she saw him.
  2. He met the mother of a school mate. He lied because he wanted the mother to feel proud of her son, and he wanted to tell her what she wanted to hear.
  3. He met a friend who had graduated from Pencey the previous year. He lied because he was embarrassed to admit that he had flunked out.
  4. He met one of his teachers from elementary school He lied because she had always had a good opinion of him, and he didn't want to change that.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Whom did Holden meet at the sandwich bar? What did they talk about?
  1. He met Sunny. They talked about what had happened the night before.
  2. He met two nuns. They talked about literature and Holden's views on Romeo and Juliet.
  3. He met Stradlater. They talked about school and Holden's personal problems.
  4. He met Ernie, the piano player. They talked about Holden's brother.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
What "dirty trick" did Mr. Spencer pull on Holden?
  1. He orally read back Holden's exam answer and the note Holden had written.
  2. He had a surprise going away party, even though Holden had said he didn't want a party.
  3. He pretended to be dead to scare Holden.
  4. He called Holden's parents while Holden was present and discussed his (Holden's) situation with them.
Grade 10 The Catcher in the Rye
Where is Holden when the novel begins?
  1. His dorm
  2. His teacher's house
  3. Visiting his brother in Hollywood
  4. A summer vacation in Maine
  5. In a mental institute
  6. Watching a football game
  7. None of the above
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
What do we learn about Holden from his diversion about his gloves being stolen at Pencey?
  1. He calls himself a coward, but he is really too humane to hurt anyone.
  2. He is very selfish and materialistic
  3. Possessions don't mean a lot to him.
  4. He will jump at any chance to fight.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Who was Stradlater?
  1. He was Holden's English professor. He tried to encourage Holden to stay in school.
  2. He was the coach of the fencing team. He wanted Holden to pay for the lost equipment.
  3. He was Holden's good-looking, but conceited roommate.
  4. He was a shy boy who lived down the hall from Holden.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
What happened to the composition Holden wrote for Stradlater?
  1. Stradlater turned it in and got an "A" on it.
  2. Stradlater insulted Holden about the topic and Holden ripped it up.
  3. The English teach recognized Holden's style and failed Stradlater.
  4. Stradlater didn't use it because Jane wrote one that he liked better.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Why wasn't Holden at the big football game?
  1. He couldn't afford the ticket.
  2. He was on academic probation and was not allowed to attend any extra-curricular activities.
  3. He had just returned to school with the fencing team and had to see his history teacher.
  4. He had to finish a term paper that was due the next Monday.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Identify Bernice, Marty and Laverne.
  1. They are three chambermaids in the hotel where Holden stays.
  2. They are characters in a short story Holden is writing.
  3. They are three women whom Holden met and danced with in the Lavender Room.
  4. They are Jane Gallagher's school friends. Holden met them in the hotel dining room.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Who was Robert Ackley?
  1. He was tall and athletic with a good sense of humor.
  2. He was fair-skinned and had a large birthmark on his right cheek. He was intelligent and friendly.
  3. He was short and heavy with a mean disposition.
  4. He had a pimply face. He was a nuisance and rather nasty.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Why wouldn't Holden be back to Pency after Christmas vacation?
  1. He had been expelled because he failed four of five subjects.
  2. He had lost his athletic scholarship and could not afford the tuition.
  3. He had been given an early acceptance to college and was starting the next semester.
  4. His father was sick and he had to go to work to help support the family.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Why doesn't Holden go down to see Jane?
  1. He wasn't in the mood.
  2. Stradlater threatened to punch him if he did.
  3. He didn't think she would remember him.
  4. He didn't want to get stuck taking her out.
Grade 11 The Catcher in the Rye
Identify Sally Hayes.
  1. She was the girl his roommate often dated. He was mad at Stradlater for going out with Jane, so he decided to get even by taking Sally out.
  2. She was the receptionist at the hotel. She saw that Holden was having some difficulties, and offered to call a doctor or one of his friends to help him.
  3. She was another girl who worked with Maurice. She tried to seduce Holden, but he wisely refused this time.
  4. She was a girl Holden sometimes dated. He didn't like to too much, but he thought she was good looking.
Grade 10 The Catcher in the Rye
Where is Holden when the novel ends?
  1. In New York
  2. At home
  3. In a mental institution
  4. At Pencey
Grade 10 The Catcher in the Rye
According to Holden, why do girls say that boys have inferiority complexes?
  1. Girls are smarter than boys.
  2. Boys don?t understand what inferiority really is.
  3. Saying that boys have an inferiority complex gives girls an excuse to date arrogant boys
  4. Girls want to date boys with inferiority complexes
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