The Catcher in the Rye Study Guide

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger in 1951. It is told from the first person perspective of a young boy named Holden Caulfield, who is in a psychiatric facility after the events of the novel. Holden dislikes the world around him and his story reflects that. It explores themes such as growing up, the phoniness that comes with growing up, and alienation from peers as a means of protecting oneself.

Holden is telling his story from

  • Andover
  • The Edmont Hotel
  • A sanitarium
  • Ernie's
What is the name of the last school Holden from which Holden is expelled?

  • Elkton Hills
  • Classical
  • Pencey Prep
  • The Whooton School
What is the book that Holden is reading when he is in his dorm room?

  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Out of Africa
  • A Farewell to Arms
What did Holden buy during the fencing team's trip to New York?

  • A bb gun
  • A Mark Cross suitcase
  • A red hunting hat
  • A pair of ice skates
Why did Holden have to return from New York early?

  • One of his team mates got food poisoning
  • To watch the last football game of the year
  • Holden lost the equipment and they had to forfeit the meet
  • There was a threat of a blizzard
Describing his roommate, Holden says Stradlater is

  • Scrawny and weak
  • Pimply and unattractive
  • A Year Book kind of handsome guy who is also a :secret slob
  • In need of a shave
Who does Stradlater take on a date?

  • Sally Hayes
  • Hazel Weatherfield
  • Jane Gallagher
  • Selma Thurmer
What does Holden write about for Stradlater's composition?

  • The Ancient Egyptians
  • His old house in Maine
  • Allie's baseball mitt
  • The Chrysler Building
What did Allie die from?

  • Tuberculosis
  • The flu
  • Leukemia
  • Polio
Why does Holden attack Stradlater?

  • He made fun of Allie
  • He cut his fingernails on Holden's bed
  • He refuses to tell Holden about his date with Jane Gallagher
  • He blew smoke in Holden's face
Holden loved the way Jane

  • Talked about the Lunts
  • Looked when she smoked
  • Held hands in the movies
  • Let her dog go to the bathroom on his lawn
What does Holden do when Stradlater hit him?

  • He cries
  • He washes the blood off his face
  • He goes into Ackley's room
  • He kicks over Stradlater's chair and called him a moron
Who does Holden meet on the late train to Manhattan?

  • President Eisenhower
  • Ernie
  • Mrs. Morrow
  • Mal Brossard
Who does Holden call when he arrived at Penn Station?

  • His mother
  • Phoebe
  • No one
  • D.B.
On his way to the Edmont Hotel, Holden asks the taxi driver if

  • He knows how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop
  • He will buy his typewriter for thirty dollars
  • He knows where the ducks in Central Park South go when the lagoon freezes over
  • He can drive him to Colorado
What does Holden see on the other side of the hotel when he checks into his room?

  • Robbery
  • Soldier sitting on his bed
  • Bizarre sex acts
  • Two women pacing in their rooms
What does the elevator man at the Edmont offer Holden?

  • His pocket watch
  • Pair of gold cufflinks
  • Prostitute
  • Drugs
Holden tells Sunny he can't sleep with her because

  • She has bad teeth
  • He has a girlfriend
  • He just had an operation on his clavichord
  • He's too tired
What do Holden and the nuns discuss at the sandwich counter?

  • Joining a monastery
  • Converting to Catholicism
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Saving souls
How much does Holden donate to the nuns?

  • thirty-five dollars
  • Twenty five dollars
  • Ten dollars
  • One dollar
What does Holden hear when he is wandering around Broadway?

  • Police sirens
  • Couple arguing
  • Little boy singing If a body catch a body coming through the rye
  • Dogs barking
What does Holden buy for Phoebe?

  • Stack of notebooks
  • Dozen roses
  • Little Shirley Beans record
  • The Bible
Why does Holden love the Museum of Natural History?

  • That the birds look exactly like the ducks in the lagoon
  • That no goddam phonies ever went there
  • That everything always stayed right where it was
  • That this one crazy Indian always reminds [him] of Allie

Phoebe believes that Holden

  • Is selfish
  • Smokes too much
  • Doesn't like anything
  • Has poor taste in women
Why does Holden leave Mr. Antolini's suddenly?

  • He left the oven on at home
  • He as an appointment at noon
  • He thinks Mr. Antolini made sexual advancements towards him
  • Mrs. Antolini did not want Holden in her house

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