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The Catcher In The Rye Quizzes & Trivia

Basic comprehension questions about Catcher in the Rye, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Crucible


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    R.P. McMurphy is the main character of Catcher in the Rye.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. R.P. McMurphy is not the main character of Catcher in the Rye. The main character of Catcher in the Rye is Holden Caulfield.

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  • 2. 

    The majority of the novel Catcher in the Rye takes place in:

    • A.

      Salem,Massachusetts

    • B.

      New York city

    • C.

      Los Angeles, California

    • D.

      Salem, Oregon

    Correct Answer
    B. New York city
    Explanation
    The majority of the novel Catcher in the Rye takes place in New York City. The protagonist, Holden Caulfield, wanders around the city after being expelled from his boarding school. The various locations he visits, such as Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, and Times Square, are all iconic landmarks of New York City. The city serves as a backdrop for Holden's journey of self-discovery and his encounters with different characters, making it an essential setting for the story.

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  • 3. 

    The main character of The Catcher in the Rye had three siblings.  Their names are:

    • A.

      Phoebe

    • B.

      Shirley

    • C.

      D.B.

    • D.

      Allie

    • E.

      Randall

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Phoebe
    C. D.B.
    D. Allie
    Explanation
    Check all that are correct.

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  • 4. 

    At the end of the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which of the following characters are no longer alive?

    • A.

      Nurse Ratched

    • B.

      Phoebe

    • C.

      McMurphy

    • D.

      Chief Bromden

    • E.

      Billy Bibbit

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. McMurphy
    E. Billy Bibbit
    Explanation
    You may choose more than one answer.

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  • 5. 

    Some of the main themes of the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest include:   Choose all that apply

    • A.

      The struggles of childhood/growing up

    • B.

      People in power versus those who are powerless

    • C.

      Feminine power versus masculine power

    • D.

      How does society define "sanity"?

    • E.

      The individual versus society

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. People in power versus those who are powerless
    C. Feminine power versus masculine power
    D. How does society define "sanity"?
    E. The individual versus society
    Explanation
    You may choose more than one.

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  • 6. 

    R.P. McMurphy is likely in the mental ward because:

    • A.

      He was misbehaving at the work farm where he'd been sentenced.

    • B.

      He had too many friends that were prostitutes.

    • C.

      Nurse Ratched invited him because she and R.P. were old friends.

    Correct Answer
    A. He was misbehaving at the work farm where he'd been sentenced.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that R.P. McMurphy is likely in the mental ward because he was misbehaving at the work farm where he'd been sentenced. This can be inferred from the given options as the other options do not provide a plausible reason for him being in the mental ward. The fact that he misbehaved at the work farm suggests that his behavior was problematic and led to his transfer to the mental ward.

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  • 7. 

    Holden likely suffers from several "disorders".  After reading the book, from which of the choices below might Holden be suffering?  Choose all that apply. 

    • A.

      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    • B.

      Narcolepsy

    • C.

      Pathological lying

    • D.

      Kleptomania

    • E.

      Depression

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    C. Pathological lying
    E. Depression
    Explanation
    Holden likely suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because he exhibits symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and emotional numbness, which are commonly associated with the disorder. He also displays signs of pathological lying as he frequently fabricates stories and exaggerates the truth. Additionally, his constant feelings of sadness, isolation, and lack of interest in activities suggest that he is suffering from depression.

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  • 8. 

    The Catcher in the Rye was written by Harper Lee.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement is false. The Catcher in the Rye was actually written by J.D. Salinger, not Harper Lee. Harper Lee is the author of the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  • 9. 

    Ken Kesey got many of his ideas for the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because of his experience:

    • A.

      Being a medic during World War II

    • B.

      Being locked in a mental hospital while he was a child

    • C.

      Spending time with Native Americans like Bromden during summers in high school

    • D.

      Working in a mental ward to support himself while in college

    Correct Answer
    D. Working in a mental ward to support himself while in college
    Explanation
    Ken Kesey got many of his ideas for the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest because he worked in a mental ward to support himself while in college. This experience likely exposed him to the inner workings of mental institutions and allowed him to observe the behavior and treatment of patients firsthand. This firsthand experience would have provided him with insights and inspiration for the novel's setting and characters.

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  • 10. 

    According to Nurse Ratched In One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the daily routine on the ward is very important because:

    • A.

      Of the health and well-being of the patients

    • B.

      Of her sense of right and wrong

    • C.

      It reminded Nurse Ratched of her time growing up on a farm where schedules were very important

    • D.

      She has to do the same thing every day, so everyone else's days should be the same, too

    Correct Answer
    A. Of the health and well-being of the patients
    Explanation
    The daily routine on the ward is very important because it affects the health and well-being of the patients. By following a structured routine, the patients can receive proper care, medication, and therapy at specific times, which helps in managing their conditions effectively. It also ensures that their physical and emotional needs are met consistently, promoting stability and progress in their treatment. Nurse Ratched's primary concern is the patients' well-being, and maintaining a daily routine is crucial in achieving that goal.

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  • 11. 

    The film "It's Kind of a Funny Story" takes place in:

    • A.

      San Antonio, Texas

    • B.

      Salem, Massachusetts

    • C.

      Seattle, Washington

    • D.

      New York, New York

    Correct Answer
    D. New York, New York
    Explanation
    The correct answer is New York, New York. This can be inferred from the title of the film, "It's Kind of a Funny Story," as the story is likely to be set in a city known for its vibrant and diverse atmosphere, such as New York City.

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  • 12. 

    The film "It's Kind of a Funny Story" has which of the following things in common with the novel The Catcher in the Rye?

    • A.

      A boy in high school feels so much pressure that he considers suicide

    • B.

      Craig and Holden both smoke tons of cigarettes even though they know they're bad for one's health

    • C.

      Craig and Holden both feel alone and believe no one can understand what they're going through

    • D.

      Craig and Holden both have a crush on a girl that they can't really go out with

    • E.

      Craig and Holden both think that everyone is "phony"

    • F.

      Craig and Holden both love to play table tennis

    • G.

      Craig and Holden each have a younger sister

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. A boy in high school feels so much pressure that he considers suicide
    C. Craig and Holden both feel alone and believe no one can understand what they're going through
    D. Craig and Holden both have a crush on a girl that they can't really go out with
    G. Craig and Holden each have a younger sister
    Explanation
    You may choose more than one answer.

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  • 13. 

    It's Kind of a Funny Story, and The Catcher in the Rye have teenage characters that seem to be dealing with mental illnesses of some kind or another.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Both "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and "The Catcher in the Rye" depict teenage characters who exhibit signs of mental illnesses. In "It's Kind of a Funny Story," the protagonist Craig is admitted to a psychiatric hospital due to his depression and suicidal thoughts. In "The Catcher in the Rye," Holden Caulfield's erratic behavior, depression, and feelings of alienation suggest that he may be struggling with mental health issues. Therefore, the statement that both books have teenage characters dealing with mental illnesses is true.

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  • 14. 

    Holden Caulfield might love wearing his red hunting hat for which of the following reasons?

    • A.

      The hat helps curb his hunger, since he is broke and alone without much food.

    • B.

      He thinks that it makes him look crazy.

    • C.

      He feels safer and protected when he is wearing it- more like he can be himself.

    • D.

      It reminds him of the museum he loved going to when he was a child.

    Correct Answer
    C. He feels safer and protected when he is wearing it- more like he can be himself.
    Explanation
    Holden Caulfield loves wearing his red hunting hat because he feels safer and protected when he is wearing it, allowing him to be himself. The hat serves as a symbol of his individuality and uniqueness, providing him with a sense of comfort and security in a world that he perceives as phony and superficial. It becomes a source of personal identity for Holden, allowing him to express his true self and stand out from the crowd.

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