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The Catcher In The Rye Final Exam (AP Lit: Ms. Deep & Ms. Kingsbury)

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the catcher in the rye final exam (AP lit: ms. deep & ms. kingsbury)

This is the final exam for Catcher in the Rye in AP English at Overbrook High School with Ms. Deep and Ms. Kingsbury.   The test is multiple-choice.   Feel free to use your book and notes as answer resources.  

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      To shock and alienate the reader

    • B. 

      To create sympathy for the narrator's unhappy childhood experiences

    • C. 

      To give hints about the narrator's current circumstances

    • D. 

      As an objective assessment of the narrator's character

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      A mental institution

    • B. 

      A boarding school

    • C. 

      A school in California

    • D. 

      His brother's house

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      In the middle of the 1st paragraph ("I mean that's all I told D.B. about")

    • B. 

      At the beginning of the 2nd paragraph ("Where do I want to start")

    • C. 

      At the start of the 3rd paragraph ("Anyway it was the start of the football game")

    • D. 

      At no point in the passage is there a major shift in setting

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT a logical assumption after reading chapter 1?
    • A. 

      Holden's parents are financially secure

    • B. 

      Holden's parents are reserved and somewhat detached emotionally

    • C. 

      Holden is very interested in sports

    • D. 

      The writer is critical of certain aspects of society

  • 5. 
    When Holden states, "Now he's out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute," he most likely means that
    • A. 

      Only prostitutes make money in Hollywood

    • B. 

      His brother is selling out his talent by writing screenplays

    • C. 

      His brother is exchanging sex for money

    • D. 

      His brother has exchanged sex for fame

  • 6. 
    In the 3rd paragraph on page 60 which references the ducks, the "it" in the last sentence probably refers to the chance of
    • A. 

      The lake freezing over before Christmas

    • B. 

      The ducks being in Central Park at that time

    • C. 

      Starting a conversation with the taxi driver

    • D. 

      The taxi driver knowing the answer to the question

  • 7. 
    On page 60, Holden's response to the taxi driver's question of "Where to?" reveals his
    • A. 

      Creativity and sense of humor

    • B. 

      Insecurity and desire to appear mature

    • C. 

      Openness and desire for conversation

    • D. 

      Need for adult advice and guidance

  • 8. 
    In chapter 9, the taxi driver's attitude toward the narrator could best be described as
    • A. 

      Condescending

    • B. 

      Hateful

    • C. 

      Indifferent

    • D. 

      Jocular

  • 9. 
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      1 and 2 only

    • D. 

      1 and 3 only

  • 10. 
    Holden's comment on page 118 that the park "made you depressed" reveals that he
    • A. 

      Is highly sensitive to the extreme ugliness of city life

    • B. 

      Dislikes the commercialism of Christmas

    • C. 

      Is sad that this park is the only place his sister can play

    • D. 

      Remembered the park as being prettier than it actually is

  • 11. 
    The author most likely put "any" in italics in "It didn't seem like anything was coming soon" (118) to convey the1. Total dreariness of the park2. Extent of Holden's depression3. Depth of the sensitivity of Holden
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2, and 3

  • 12. 
    The author most likely included Holden's comment on page 118 about the little girl's sweater being "lumpy" and made by the mother in order to
    • A. 

      Reveal the narrator's snobbery in matters of dress

    • B. 

      Create reader sympathy for the little girl

    • C. 

      Demonstrate the narrator's perceptiveness and negativity

    • D. 

      Hint at the conflicting emotions within the narrator

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Symbolic

    • B. 

      Ironic

    • C. 

      Flippant

    • D. 

      Straightforward

  • 14. 
    The long paragraph beginning on page 120 about the museum is characterized by all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Hyperbole

    • B. 

      Concrete detail

    • C. 

      Colloquial expressions

    • D. 

      Archetypes

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      1 and 2 only

    • D. 

      1,2, and 3

  • 16. 
    On page 169, Holden becomes "even more depressed" when Phoebe says "You don't like anything that's happening" most likely because1. The comment reveals that even she does not understand him2. Her tone is less than sympathetic3. He knows her analysis is correct
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      3 only

    • C. 

      1 and 2 only

    • D. 

      1,2, and 3

  • 17. 
    From the two long paragraphs on page 170 about James Castle, the reader can infer all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      The incident troubled Holden because he identified with Castle

    • B. 

      Holden admired Castle for standing up to the bullies

    • C. 

      Holden told Phoebe about the incident so she would better understand his depression

    • D. 

      The way the school handled the incident bothered Holden

  • 18. 
    From Holden's comments on page 171 about what he does like, the reader can infer that Holden likes
    • A. 

      Eating and horseback riding

    • B. 

      Feeling connected emotionally

    • C. 

      Making money and being successful

    • D. 

      Recognition for doing a job well

  • 19. 
    On page 172, in the paragraph beginning "Lawyers are all right," the last half of the paragraph reveals Holden's
    • A. 

      Philosophical depth and concern with motives

    • B. 

      Fallacious reasoning process

    • C. 

      Fear of being successful on a competitive setting

    • D. 

      Distrust of lawyers and the legal process

  • 20. 
    • A. 

      Feels somewhat vulnerable as a result of opening up to Phoebe

    • B. 

      Realizes the idea is a mere hallucination

    • C. 

      Has heard others say that whenever he has talked about the idea

    • D. 

      Is aware that the idea is not really his goal in life

  • 21. 
    In the middle of page 210, in the first paragraph, Holden's comment "fifty years ago when I was a little kid" reveals his1. World-weariness2. Tendency to exaggerate3. Extreme maturity for his age
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      1 and 2 only

    • D. 

      2 and 3 only

  • 22. 
    Given the context of the passage on page 211, the children "trying to grab for the gold ring" most likely symbolizes attempts to
    • A. 

      Show one's abilities to the world

    • B. 

      Demonstrate independence

    • C. 

      Attain one's goals by stretching one's abilities

    • D. 

      Overcome one's fear of failure

  • 23. 
    • A. 

      His extreme sensitivity to being physically touched

    • B. 

      How touched he is by her gesture of love and concern

    • C. 

      How relieved he is that she gave him back his talisman

    • D. 

      His unwillingness to express his true feelings

  • 24. 
    On page 213, in the last sentence of the first paragraph of chapter 26, "that stuff" refers to
    • A. 

      Holden's studies and schooling

    • B. 

      Holden's life with his parents and their relationship

    • C. 

      Holden's recent past and his future

    • D. 

      Holden's feeling about Phoebe, his family, and his friends

  • 25. 
    Chapter 26, beginning on page 213, is characterized by all of the following EXCEPT
    • A. 

      Straightforward chronological order

    • B. 

      First person narrative

    • C. 

      Repetition

    • D. 

      Expletives