The Catcher in the Rye: practice test

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1

When the novel begins, Holden is

Recuperating in some sort of psychiatric institution

2

What is the name of the school Holden is attending at the beginning of his story

Pencey Prep

3

Holden was forced to return early to school from New York because

He lost the fencing team’s equipment

4

What item of clothing did Holden buy during the team’s trip to New York

A red hunting hat

5

Contrasting him with the annoying and sloppy Ackley, Holden describes Stradlater as a(n)

“Secret slob”

6

Holden tries to punch Stradlater immediately after

Stradlater refuses to answer Holden’s questions about his date

7

Holden nostalgically remembers the way Jane Gallagher used to

Play checkers

8

Once back in New York, the first person Holden tries to invite for a drink is

A cab driver

9

Holden wonders about the fate of which animals in Central Park

The ducks in the lagoon

10

After Holden checks into his room at the Edmont Hotel, what does he see out of his window

A variety of bizarre sex acts going on in other rooms of the hotel

11

According to Holden, he knew he was happy when he was

Holding hands with Jane

12

The elevator operator at the Edmont offers to get Holden

A prostitute

13

Holden claims he can’t sleep with Sunny because

He’s just had an operation on his “clavichord”

14

After Maurice hits Holden in the crotch, what does Holden do

He repeatedly insults Maurice, resulting in further physical punishment

15

After his encounter with Maurice, Holden

Pretends he’s a movie character who has been shot

16

At breakfast, Holden is surprised that the nun

Likes Romeo and Juliet

17

What does Holden buy for Phoebe

A record titled “Little Shirley Beans”

18

According to Holden, what is “the best thing” about the Museum of Natural History

“That everything always stayed right where it was”

19

As Holden predicted, Sally is excited to

See the Lunts

20

Although Phoebe’s real middle name is “Josephine,” she signs her name as

Phoebe Weatherfield Caulfield

21

Phoebe chastises Holden because, in her mind, he

Doesn’t like anything

22

What or who is the “catcher in the rye”

Holden’s dream job

23

Just before he leaves her room, Phoebe gives Holden

Her Christmas money

24

Holden leaves Mr. Antolini’s apartment because

He thinks Mr. Antolini made a pass at him

25

As he prepares to leave New York City, Holden repeatedly encounters

Vulgarity scrawled on walls