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Eng. 11 Per.
Date
Catcher in the Rye
Reading and Study Guide
Chapters 17-21
I. VOCABULARY: Be able to define the following words and understand their meaning/connotation as
they appear throughout the novel.
blase(126)_______________________________________________________________________
conceited(136)____________________________________________________________________
precision(137)_____________________________________________________________________
sacrilegious(137)___________________________________________________________________
furlough(140)______________________________________________________________________
sophisticated(141)___________________________________________________________________
louse(142)__________________________________________________________________________
arostrocratic(142)____________________________________________________________________
concealing(142)_______________________________________________________________________
stagger(151)_________________________________________________________________________
pneumonia (154)______________________________________________________________________
foyer (158) __________________________________________________________________________
II. LITERARY TERMS: Be able to define each term(s) and apply their use to the novel.
Narrative distance in time:_______________________________________________________________
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Reliability of the narrator:
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Reliability of Holdens narration:
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Standard: 3.2 analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to
support the claim.

Below are two quotations-- instances where Holden seems to provide false or faulty information. Decide
whether these flaws or omissions are intentional or occur without his knowledge. Essentially, Im asking
you to read between the lines and consider what the hidden truth of the situation might be.
1. Stop screaming at me, please, she said. Which was crap, because I wasnt even screaming at her
(132).
a. Identify Holdens point of view. How do we know what he believes about the situation?
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b. What does Sally believe about the situation? How do we know?_____________________________
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c. Why do you think this discrepancy occurred?____________________________________________
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d. Which interpretation do you agree with and why? ________________________________________
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2. Then a funny thing happened. When I got to the museum, all of a sudden I wouldnt have gone inside
for a million bucks. It just didnt appeal to meand here Id walked through the whole goddam park and
looked forward to it and all (122).
a. Identify Holdens point of view. What does he say about the situation? _______________________
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b. What is a possible alternative to Holdens reason?________________________________________
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c. Why do you think there is room for doubt?_____________________________________________
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d. Do you think Holden is intentionally lying? Why or why not? ______________________________
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III. Questions: Briefly answer the following questions and or statements from chapters13-16 in complete
sentences.
1. Why does Holden forgive Sally for being late?
2. Why does Holden dislike the play?
3. What happens during the intermission?
Standard: 3.2 analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to
support the claim.

4. What does Holden say is the reason Sally wants to go ice-skating?


5. Describe the extreme plan Holden proposes:

6. What is the last thing Holden does that upsets Sally?


7. What are Holdens theories on girls opinions of boys?
8. Who does Holden plan to meet for drinks?
9. Why is Holden repulse by his afternoon at Radio City Music Hall?
10. What is the one thing that he and Allie liked about Radio City Music Hall?
11. Explain Holdens feelings about war how do you think that Salinger might have incorporated his
own feelings about war with Holdens?
12. How is Luce described by Holden?
13. Describe the conversation between Luce and Holden.
14. After Luce leaves, how many times does Holden fail to make a date? Why does he fail?
15. What does Holden do after he accidentally breaks the record he bought for Phoebe?
16. What is important about Central Park and why does Holden go there?
17. Describe the train of thoughts Holden has, once in Central Park.
18. Why does Holden decide to go home early?
19. Explain why Holden enjoys the doodles on Phoebes journal.
20. What observation does he make while Phoebe sleeps?
21. What does Phoebe do with the pieces of the broken record?
22. What can you infer about Phoebe by her reaction to the broken record Holden brought? What
does this reveal about her relationship with Holden?
23. How does Phoebe handle the news of Holden being expelledagain?
IV. Context Quote Tie-In {CQT} Short answer
What is ironic about the fact that Holden is turned off by Sunny and the way she takes off her dress?

Standard: 3.2 analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to
support the claim.

* Think about the things that upset Holden about society in general and then apply it to what Sunny is
supposed to represent with what she actually is.
Context Quote Tie-in
Introductory Sentence(s) (should include the title and author of the literary work or article:)
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Topic Sentence (what are you trying to prove?)
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First supporting example that proves topic sentence
Context (the who, what, where and why of whats happening in the novel/article at the time of the quote:
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Quote (with citation):
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Tie-In to the topic sentence (why does this quote support? Why is it important?)
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Clincher Sentence(s) (wraps up the paragraph in a powerful way):


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Standard: 3.2 analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to
support the claim.