The Catcher In The Rye Quiz: Chapter 1 To 12

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In chapters 1 to 12 in the book “The Catcher in the Rye,” the main character, Holden, writes his story, and he skips over the more challenging parts of his life, which are his childhood and his brother. He does say that his brother took the easy route to Hollywood, as he was uninterested in becoming a serious writer. This quiz reveals the truth about Holden from “The Catcher in the Rye. ”


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Holden's brother D.B wrote a story titled:

    • A.

      The Jellyfish Blues

    • B.

      The Secret Goldfish

    • C.

      The Happy Goldfish

    • D.

      Fish are Phonies

    Correct Answer
    B. The Secret Goldfish
    Explanation
    Holden's brother D.B wrote a story titled "The Secret Goldfish" because it is mentioned in the question. The other options, "The Jellyfish Blues," "The Happy Goldfish," and "Fish are Phonies," are not mentioned in the question and therefore cannot be considered as the correct answer.

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  • 2. 

    Holden wasn't down at the football game with Saxon Hall because

    • A.

      He didn't like hanging out with other people

    • B.

      He wasn't in the mood

    • C.

      He had just returned from New York with the fencing team

    • D.

      He was leaving Pencey

    Correct Answer
    C. He had just returned from New York with the fencing team
    Explanation
    Holden wasn't down at the football game with Saxon Hall because he had just returned from New York with the fencing team.

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  • 3. 

    Holden was kicked out of Pencey because

    • A.

      He didn't want to be on the football team

    • B.

      He hated phonies so was rude to everyone

    • C.

      He refused to be a team player

    • D.

      He was flunking four subjects and not applying himself at all

    Correct Answer
    D. He was flunking four subjects and not applying himself at all
    Explanation
    Holden was kicked out of Pencey because he was flunking four subjects and not applying himself at all. This suggests that his academic performance was poor, and he lacked the motivation or effort to improve it. This likely violated the school's academic standards and led to his expulsion. His disinterest in being on the football team, his dislike for phonies, and his refusal to be a team player might have contributed to his overall negative attitude, but the main reason for his expulsion was his academic failure.

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  • 4. 

    What lesson did Spencer try to teach Holden?

    • A.

      Holden needs some direction in life.

    • B.

      Life is a game.

    • C.

      Aging is terrible.

    • D.

      To try harder to succeed in life.

    Correct Answer
    B. Life is a game.
    Explanation
    Spencer tried to teach Holden that life is a game. This suggests that Spencer wanted Holden to understand that life should be approached with a sense of playfulness and not taken too seriously. By viewing life as a game, Holden may have been encouraged to take risks, learn from failures, and enjoy the journey rather than focusing solely on the end result.

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  • 5. 

    Holden is fascinated by:

    • A.

      Where the ducks in New York go during Winter.

    • B.

      How old Spencer is.

    • C.

      How phony people are.

    • D.

      How easy it is to lie to teachers.

    Correct Answer
    A. Where the ducks in New York go during Winter.
    Explanation
    Holden is fascinated by where the ducks in New York go during winter. This suggests that he has a curiosity about the natural world and the behaviors of animals. It also implies that he may be searching for a sense of stability or understanding in a world that he finds to be phony and filled with deception. By focusing on the ducks and their migration patterns, Holden may be seeking a connection to something genuine and authentic in a society that he perceives as fake.

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  • 6. 

    Holden tells us in Chapter 3 that:

    • A.

      I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw

    • B.

      I never let the truth get in the way of a good story

    • C.

      The truth is for fools

    • D.

      Telling lies kills me

    Correct Answer
    A. I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw
    Explanation
    Holden's statement in Chapter 3 suggests that he is proud of his ability to lie and exaggerate. He believes that telling the truth is foolish and that he is skilled at crafting captivating stories. This quote highlights Holden's inclination towards dishonesty and his disdain for the truth, emphasizing his tendency to fabricate stories and manipulate others through his lies.

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  • 7. 

    According to Holden, Robert Ackley hates being called

    • A.

      A moron

    • B.

      Crummy

    • C.

      Ackley kid

    • D.

      Ackley

    Correct Answer
    C. Ackley kid
    Explanation
    Holden states that Robert Ackley hates being called "Ackley kid." This suggests that Ackley does not like being referred to as a child or being associated with his last name in a diminutive way. It implies that he prefers to be seen as an independent individual rather than being defined by his family or age.

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  • 8. 

    Holden hates Stradlater

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Holden's feelings towards Stradlater are evident throughout J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye". Holden often expresses his disdain for Stradlater, describing him as a "secret slob" and criticizing his behavior with women. Holden is jealous of Stradlater's ability to charm girls and feels that he is insincere and superficial. These negative emotions and opinions towards Stradlater make it clear that Holden hates him, making the answer "True".

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  • 9. 

    Holden bought his red hunting hat from New York for

    • A.

      A dollar

    • B.

      Ten dollars

    • C.

      Three dollars

    • D.

      50 cents

    Correct Answer
    A. A dollar
    Explanation
    Holden bought his red hunting hat from New York for a dollar.

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  • 10. 

    Stadlater asks Holden to

    • A.

      Wash his nails

    • B.

      Write a composition for him

    • C.

      Let him go out with Jane

    • D.

      Stop horsing around

    Correct Answer
    B. Write a composition for him
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Write a composition for him" because in the novel "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, Stadlater asks Holden to do him a favor by writing a composition for his English class. This request sets off a chain of events and conflicts in the story, as Holden struggles with his own feelings of inadequacy and rebellion against the phoniness of the adult world.

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  • 11. 

    The girl Holden likes is:

    • A.

      Sally Wilson

    • B.

      Sally Gallagher

    • C.

      Jane Gallagher

    • D.

      Jane Wilson

    Correct Answer
    C. Jane Gallagher
    Explanation
    Holden likes Jane Gallagher because throughout the novel "The Catcher in the Rye," Holden constantly mentions her and reminisces about their time together. He describes her as one of the few people he genuinely cares about and admires. Their friendship is portrayed as innocent and meaningful to Holden, making her the girl he likes.

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  • 12. 

    What meal were the boys at Pencey fed evey Sunday night?

    • A.

      Salmon

    • B.

      Left-overs

    • C.

      Hot Chips

    • D.

      Steak

    Correct Answer
    D. Steak
    Explanation
    The boys at Pencey were fed steak every Sunday night.

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  • 13. 

    Holden writes the composition about:

    • A.

      His brother Allie's left-handed fielder's mitt

    • B.

      His brother Allie's death

    • C.

      His room at Pencey

    • D.

      His brother Allie

    Correct Answer
    A. His brother Allie's left-handed fielder's mitt
    Explanation
    Holden writes the composition about his brother Allie's left-handed fielder's mitt. This is evident from the options provided, where the other choices mention different topics such as Allie's death, his room at Pencey, and his brother Allie. The specific mention of the left-handed fielder's mitt suggests that Holden focuses on this object as a symbol of his connection to his deceased brother.

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  • 14. 

    When Stadlater got mad about the composition, what did Holden do with it?

    • A.

      Got angry and punched Stradlater.

    • B.

      Screwed it up and threw it in the bin.

    • C.

      He tore it up and threw the pieces in the bin.

    • D.

      Got depressed and refused to give it to Stradlater.

    Correct Answer
    C. He tore it up and threw the pieces in the bin.
    Explanation
    Holden tore up the composition and threw the pieces in the bin. This action suggests that Holden was frustrated and angry with Stadlater's reaction to his composition. Tearing up the composition and throwing it away can be seen as a symbolic act of defiance and rejection, indicating Holden's refusal to accept criticism or conform to others' expectations.

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  • 15. 

    Why did Holden try to punch Stradlater in the neck?

    • A.

      He had gone out with Jane.

    • B.

      Holden suspected that Stradlater had 'given the time' to Jane.

    • C.

      Holden was jealous about Stradlater spending time eith Jane.

    • D.

      Stradlater wouldn't tell Holden what he had done with Jane.

    Correct Answer
    B. Holden suspected that Stradlater had 'given the time' to Jane.
    Explanation
    Holden tried to punch Stradlater in the neck because he suspected that Stradlater had 'given the time' to Jane. This implies that Holden believed Stradlater had engaged in a sexual encounter with Jane, causing him to feel jealous and angry. The act of trying to punch Stradlater can be seen as Holden's way of expressing his frustration and anger towards his friend's actions.

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  • 16. 

    Why didn't Ackley want Holden sleeping on Ely's bed?

    • A.

      Ackley thought it impolite to let people sleep on someon else's bed.

    • B.

      He was worried that Ely would come home soon.

    • C.

      He thought it was weird that Holden would want to sleep there.

    • D.

      He didn't want Holden to get blood all over the bed.

    Correct Answer
    A. Ackley thought it impolite to let people sleep on someon else's bed.
    Explanation
    Ackley didn't want Holden sleeping on Ely's bed because he believed it was impolite to let someone sleep on someone else's bed.

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  • 17. 

    What had Holden's mum just bought for him?

    • A.

      A pair of hockey ice-skates.

    • B.

      A pair of racing ice-skates.

    • C.

      A new suitcase.

    • D.

      A red hunting hat.

    Correct Answer
    A. A pair of hockey ice-skates.
    Explanation
    Holden's mum had just bought him a pair of hockey ice-skates. This is evident from the question which asks about what Holden's mum had bought for him, and the correct answer states that she bought him a pair of hockey ice-skates.

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  • 18. 

    What name did Holden give to the woman on the train?

    • A.

      Ernest Morrow

    • B.

      Rudolf Steiner

    • C.

      Randy Schmidt

    • D.

      Rudolf Schmidt

    Correct Answer
    D. Rudolf Schmidt
    Explanation
    Holden gave the name Rudolf Schmidt to the woman on the train.

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  • 19. 

    What does Holden ask the woman on the train?

    • A.

      If she was happy with her life.

    • B.

      If she would come spend some time with him in New York.

    • C.

      If she wanted to have a cocktail with him.

    • D.

      If she could lend him some money.

    Correct Answer
    C. If she wanted to have a cocktail with him.
    Explanation
    Holden asks the woman on the train if she wanted to have a cocktail with him. This question suggests that Holden is interested in spending time with the woman and possibly getting to know her better. It implies a casual and social invitation, indicating that Holden is looking for companionship or a friendly interaction during their train journey.

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  • 20. 

    Holden thinks that the hotel he stays in is full of:

    • A.

      Crazy people.

    • B.

      Perverts.

    • C.

      Old people.

    • D.

      Poor people.

    Correct Answer
    B. Perverts.
    Explanation
    Holden's belief that the hotel he stays in is full of perverts suggests that he perceives the people in the hotel to be sexually deviant or inappropriate in some way. This could indicate that he has had negative experiences or encounters with individuals in the hotel that have led him to form this opinion. It also implies that Holden may have a cynical or judgmental attitude towards others, assuming the worst about them based on limited observations or prejudices.

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  • 21. 

    How does Holden describe Pheobe?

    • A.

      Shy and small.

    • B.

      Super smart.

    • C.

      Roller-skate skinny.

    • D.

      Psychic.

    Correct Answer
    C. Roller-skate skinny.
    Explanation
    Holden describes Pheobe as "roller-skate skinny." This phrase implies that Pheobe is very thin, to the point where she appears as if she could effortlessly glide on roller skates. The use of this description suggests that Pheobe is physically slender and possibly delicate in appearance.

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  • 22. 

    How many women does Holden sit with in the Lavender Room?

    • A.

      Two.

    • B.

      Three.

    • C.

      Four.

    • D.

      Five.

    Correct Answer
    B. Three.
    Explanation
    Holden sits with three women in the Lavender Room. This can be inferred from the fact that the correct answer states "Three" and it is the only option that matches the information given in the question.

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  • 23. 

    What does Jane do that 'just about kills' Holden?

    • A.

      She wouldn't let him kiss her mouth.

    • B.

      Wears a stripy jumper.

    • C.

      Wouldn't give her step-dad the cigarettes.

    • D.

      She puts her hand on the back of Holden's neck.

    Correct Answer
    D. She puts her hand on the back of Holden's neck.

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