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Catcher in the Rye Test Questions

Directions: Copy your 20 original test questions into the graphic organizer below. Be sure to
organize your questions based on their level of questioning according to Blooms Taxonomy.

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1. Whose death is Holden suffering from?


a. his sister
b. his uncle
c. his brother
d. his dog
2. Which of the following does Holden NOT do to try and stand out?
a. play with the ducks
b. walk everywhere alone
c. drink even while he is under aged
d. buy a red hat
1. How would you describe Holdens conversations with other
characters in the book?
a. long and interesting
b. short and abrasive
c. to the point and direct
d. intelligent but meaningless
2. How does the quote, I apologized like a madman show
Holdens definition of a madman?
a. someone who does something out of his reality
b. someone who is very sorrowful
c. someone who is always mad
d. someone who is constantly doing the same thing
3. Why does Holden always refer to people as old or kid before
saying their actual name?
a. Because he doesnt want to be old or young
b. He likes the age he is
c. He actually thinks they are old or young
d. Both A and B
1. Using prior knowledge of Holden how can you predict that he
would turn down Sunny?
a. Holden tries to act tougher than he is
b. Holden is always cutting people off
c. Holden is a prude
d. Holden is scared
2. I dont hardly get anything out of anything. Im in bad shape. Im
in lousy shape. Knowing Holden what does he mean when he says

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this during a conversation with Sally?


a. Holden is unorganized and stressed with his life
b. Holden is physically in bad shape
c. He is unsuccessful in school
d. None of the above
3. In chapter 6, what causes Stradlater and Holden to get in a fight?
a. Holden doesnt like Stradlater
b. Holden gets jealous of Stradlaters date with Jane
c. Stradler has an ugly suitcase
d. Holden mad because Stradler is talking bad about Jane
4. Knowing Holden, why do you think Lutonic is Holdens second
favorite figure in the Bible when he explains this in chapter 14?
a. Because he is depressed like Holden
b. He feels bad for him
c. Because Holden cuts himself too
d. He feels happy for him
5. What examples can you find that express why Holden was so nice
and positive with the nuns yet so rude and negative with almost
everyone else he talks to?
1.At the beginning of the book Holden is always negative by the way
he expresses his feelings. What kind of tone does this create for the
rest of the novel?

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2. How is Holden similar to Phoebe?


a. She understands him because she is a child
b. She is the only one that puts up with him and his smart alec
comments
c. She is a girl
d. She is more depressed than Holden and needs help
3. What is Holdens motive to go see and talk to Mr. Antolini in
chapter 24?
a. He is lonely
b. He wants to talk about sex
c. He has nowhere else to go
d. Not enough information given
4. In your own words express the theme of the novel.
5. Why does Holden go to the pond and see the ducks while hes
drunk?
1.Holden has his own type of slang throughout the novel. He is
constantly using immature words but is able to handle mature and

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polite conversations. Knowing Holdens behavior why and how do


you think he is able to act grown up during these conversations?
2. Why is Holden obsessed with youth yet constantly referring to
people as old and communicating with people older than himself?
3. Can you elaborate on reasons why Holden tries so hard to get

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girls but once he has the chance he turns them down?


1.Do you think that Holdens character develops throughout the
novel, why or why not?
2. What is your judgment of Holdens adaptation towards older
people at the end of the novel?

Rubric
Blooms level addressed in the question

Number of questions

Points

Knowledge Questions

4 pts

Comprehension Questions

6 pts

Application Questions

10 pts

Analysis Questions

10 pts

Synthesis Questions

6 pts

Evaluation Questions

4 pts

Skill addressed in the question

Number of questions

Word Choice

4 pts

Meaning

4 pts

Rhetorical Elements

4 pts

Tone

4 pts

Compare/Contrast representations

4 pts

Catcher in the Rye Test Questions

From the 20 questions total, 12 use


specific quotations or passages
from Catcher in the Rye

15 pts

Test typed in example format


Test contains answer key.
Test is printed on due date.

15 pts

Score on another peers test

10 pts