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  • 1. 

    Where is Pencey Prep?

    • A.

      Hollywood

    • B.

      New York

    • C.

      Pennsylvania

    • D.

      Maine

    Correct Answer
    C. Pennsylvania
    Explanation
    Pencey Prep is located in Pennsylvania.

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  • 2. 

    What subject is Holden passing?

    • A.

      History

    • B.

      Math

    • C.

      Science

    • D.

      English

    Correct Answer
    D. English
    Explanation
    Holden is passing English because it is stated as the correct answer.

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  • 3. 

    Who does Holden go see during the big game?

    • A.

      Old Spencer

    • B.

      Ossenburger

    • C.

      Ed Banky

    • D.

      Rudolf Schmidt

    Correct Answer
    A. Old Spencer
    Explanation
    Holden goes to see Old Spencer during the big game.

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  • 4. 

    What does Jane Gallagher like to do when she plays checkers?

    • A.

      Lose on purpose

    • B.

      Have her Doberman pinscher with her for good luck

    • C.

      Only play with the red checkers

    • D.

      Leave all of her kings in the back row

    Correct Answer
    D. Leave all of her kings in the back row
    Explanation
    Jane Gallagher likes to leave all of her kings in the back row when she plays checkers.

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  • 5. 

    What does Holden write Stradlater's composition about?

    • A.

      His house back home

    • B.

      His brother Allie's baseball mit

    • C.

      The garage in Maine

    • D.

      Their dormatory room

    Correct Answer
    B. His brother Allie's baseball mit
    Explanation
    Holden writes Stradlater's composition about his brother Allie's baseball mitt. This suggests that Allie's mitt holds significant meaning to Holden, possibly serving as a reminder of his brother or symbolizing a connection to his past. Writing about the mitt allows Holden to express his emotions and memories associated with Allie, highlighting the importance of this object in his life.

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  • 6. 

    Why is Holden so nervous when Stradlater is out on his date?

    • A.

      He doesn't like hanging out with Ackley and Mal Brossard

    • B.

      He is afraid of his parents reaction to getting kicked out of another school

    • C.

      He likes Jane Gallagher, the girl Stradlater is out with

    • D.

      He's thinking about his brother's death

    Correct Answer
    C. He likes Jane Gallagher, the girl Stradlater is out with
    Explanation
    Holden is nervous when Stradlater is out on his date because he has feelings for Jane Gallagher, the girl Stradlater is out with. Holden has a deep connection with Jane and is protective of her. He is anxious about what might happen between Jane and Stradlater and worries about how she might be treated. This nervousness stems from his emotional attachment to Jane and his concern for her well-being.

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  • 7. 

    How does Holden feel when people give him presents?

    • A.

      Happy

    • B.

      Annoyed because it isn't what he wanted

    • C.

      Apathetic, doesn't care one way or another

    • D.

      Depressed

    Correct Answer
    D. Depressed
    Explanation
    Holden feels depressed when people give him presents. This suggests that he may have a negative outlook on receiving gifts, possibly due to feelings of unworthiness or a lack of connection with others. It could also indicate that he feels misunderstood or disappointed by the presents he receives, leading to a sense of sadness or melancholy.

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  • 8. 

    Who did Holden call after he checked into the hotel?

    • A.

      Jane Gallagher

    • B.

      Sally Hayes

    • C.

      Faith Cavendish

    • D.

      Eddie Birdsell

    Correct Answer
    C. Faith Cavendish
    Explanation
    Holden called Faith Cavendish after he checked into the hotel.

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  • 9. 

    Who is Phoebe?

    • A.

      Holden's girlfriend

    • B.

      Holden's sister

    • C.

      Holden's neighbor

    • D.

      Holden's Doberman pinscher

    Correct Answer
    B. Holden's sister
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Holden's sister. This can be inferred from the given options, as the other options do not make sense in the context of the question. Since Phoebe is mentioned in relation to Holden, it is logical to assume that she is a family member rather than a girlfriend, neighbor, or pet.

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  • 10. 

    What was the name of the bar in the hotel Holden was staying at?

    • A.

      The Stork Club

    • B.

      Ernie's

    • C.

      El Morocco

    • D.

      The Lavendar Lounge

    Correct Answer
    D. The Lavendar Lounge
    Explanation
    The given question asks for the name of the bar in the hotel where Holden was staying. The correct answer is "The Lavendar Lounge". This suggests that the bar in the hotel where Holden was staying was called "The Lavendar Lounge".

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  • 11. 

    Name:

    Correct Answer
    N/A
  • 12. 

    What is the name of the album Holden buys for his sister?

    • A.

      I Know My Love

    • B.

      Radio City Christmas

    • C.

      Little Shirley Beans

    • D.

      The Lunts

    Correct Answer
    C. Little Shirley Beans
    Explanation
    Holden buys the album "Little Shirley Beans" for his sister. This is evident from the given options, where "Little Shirley Beans" is the only album mentioned.

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  • 13. 

    When Holden is walking to the Museum of Natural History he thinks about how all of the exhibits in the glass boxes stayed the same, but what would be different?

    • A.

      The museum guards

    • B.

      You, the person who was looking at the exhibit

    • C.

      The teacher, Miss AAigeltinger

    • D.

      The kid who was his partner in line the last time

    Correct Answer
    B. You, the person who was looking at the exhibit
    Explanation
    Holden thinks about how all of the exhibits in the glass boxes stayed the same, but he acknowledges that the person looking at the exhibit would be different. This suggests that Holden recognizes the passage of time and the changes that occur in people's lives. While the exhibits remain unchanged, the person observing them will have different thoughts, experiences, and perspectives compared to the last time they visited the museum. This reflects Holden's contemplation on the transient nature of human existence and the inevitability of change.

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  • 14. 

    When Holden was waiting for Sally Hayes in front of the Biltmore, what is his impression of the girls he sees?

    • A.

      It was really nice sightseeing

    • B.

      They all had inferiority complexes

    • C.

      That the guys they were with were boring

    • D.

      He isn't interested because he know Sally is better looking than any of them

    Correct Answer
    A. It was really nice sightseeing
    Explanation
    Holden's impression of the girls he sees when waiting for Sally Hayes in front of the Biltmore is that it was really nice sightseeing.

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  • 15. 

    After seeing the Lunt's show, where does Sally suggest she and Holden go?

    • A.

      To dinner at the Biltmore

    • B.

      Dancing at the Wicker Bar

    • C.

      To her house to trim the Christmas tree

    • D.

      Ice skating at Radio City

    Correct Answer
    D. Ice skating at Radio City
    Explanation
    Sally suggests that she and Holden go ice skating at Radio City after seeing the Lunt's show.

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  • 16. 

    After Holden insults Sally, what does he do next?

    • A.

      Goes to Radio City and watches the war movie about a duke named Alec

    • B.

      Has a drink with Carl Luce at the Wicker Bar

    • C.

      Drops Phoebe's album in Central Park

    • D.

      Looks for the ducks in the lagoon in Central Park South

    Correct Answer
    A. Goes to Radio City and watches the war movie about a duke named Alec
    Explanation
    Holden goes to Radio City and watches the war movie about a duke named Alec. This is his next action after insulting Sally.

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  • 17. 

    What does Holden say he would do if he were in a war?

    • A.

      Kill anybody who was a "bastard" whether they were in the Army or a Nazi

    • B.

      Volunteer to sit on top of the atomic bomb

    • C.

      Stare at the back of the neck of the soldier in front of him

    • D.

      Kill himself before he'd join the Army

    Correct Answer
    B. Volunteer to sit on top of the atomic bomb
    Explanation
    Holden expresses his disdain for war and the people involved in it. He believes that anyone who is cruel or malicious, regardless of which side they are on, deserves to be eliminated. Therefore, he claims that if he were in a war, he would volunteer to sit on top of the atomic bomb, implying that he would sacrifice himself to ensure that those he deems as "bastards" are also destroyed. This statement reflects Holden's extreme frustration and disillusionment with society and his desire to take a stand against injustice.

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  • 18. 

    Who does Holden meet at the Wicker bar for a drink?

    • A.

      Tina and Janine

    • B.

      Valencia

    • C.

      Mr. Antolini

    • D.

      Carl Luce from the Whooten School

    Correct Answer
    D. Carl Luce from the Whooten School
    Explanation
    Holden meets Carl Luce from the Whooten School at the Wicker bar for a drink. This suggests that Holden has a connection with Carl and they have planned to meet up at this specific location. The mention of the Whooten School indicates that Carl and Holden may have attended the same school or have some mutual acquaintances. This meeting at the bar implies that Holden is seeking companionship and is actively trying to socialize with others.

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  • 19. 

    When Holden gets really drunk, what does he fantasize?

    • A.

      That he's been shot by Rocky's mob and bleeding from his gut

    • B.

      Taking Allie to go shooting with Bobby Fallon and his BB gun

    • C.

      Being an indian in the Museum of Natural History

    • D.

      That he was Alec from the war movie he saw at Radio City

    Correct Answer
    A. That he's been shot by Rocky's mob and bleeding from his gut
    Explanation
    When Holden gets really drunk, he fantasizes about being shot by Rocky's mob and bleeding from his gut. This suggests that Holden has a self-destructive tendency and may be seeking a form of punishment or escape from his inner turmoil. It also reflects his feelings of alienation and a desire for a dramatic, tragic experience that would make him feel more alive. This fantasy could be seen as a manifestation of Holden's struggle with his own identity and his search for meaning in a world that he finds phony and superficial.

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  • 20. 

    What happens when Holden is walking into Central Park?

    • A.

      He's jumped by Maurice

    • B.

      He calls Sally Hayes

    • C.

      He calls Jane Gallahger

    • D.

      He drops Phoebe's album and it breaks into pieces

    Correct Answer
    D. He drops Phoebe's album and it breaks into pieces
    Explanation
    When Holden is walking into Central Park, he accidentally drops Phoebe's album, causing it to break into pieces.

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  • 21. 

    Stradlater asked Holden for two "big favors".  First, to _______________, and then to ____________.

    • A.

      Go out with Jane Gallagher; borrow his coat

    • B.

      Go out with Jane Gallagher; write his composition

    • C.

      Borrow his coat; write his composition

    • D.

      Borrow his typewriter; borrow his coat

    Correct Answer
    C. Borrow his coat; write his composition
    Explanation
    Stradlater asked Holden for two "big favors". The first favor was for Holden to borrow his coat. The second favor was for Holden to write his composition.

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  • 22. 

    Holden introduced himself to Mrs. Morrow on the train as _________________ who is really ________________.

    • A.

      Mr. Spencer; his social studies teacher

    • B.

      Robert Ackley; his dorm neighbor

    • C.

      Carl Luce; his adviser at the Whooten school

    • D.

      Rudolf Schmidt; the janitor at Pency

    Correct Answer
    D. Rudolf Schmidt; the janitor at Pency
  • 23. 

    Where were the three girls Holden danced with at the Lavender from?

    • A.

      Seattle, Washington

    • B.

      New York

    • C.

      Agerstown, Pennsylvania

    • D.

      Hollywood

    Correct Answer
    A. Seattle, Washington
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Seattle, Washington. This can be inferred from the information given in the question, where it is stated that the three girls Holden danced with were from the Lavender. Since the Lavender is not specified to be in any particular location, we can assume that it is in Seattle, Washington based on the given answer options.

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  • 24. 

    What did Holden share with Jane that he hadn't shared with anyone else? 

    • A.

      His feelings about the movies

    • B.

      His poetry and stories he had written

    • C.

      His brother Allie's baseball mitt

    • D.

      His athletic abilities in tennis and golf

    Correct Answer
    C. His brother Allie's baseball mitt
    Explanation
    Holden shared his brother Allie's baseball mitt with Jane, which he hadn't shared with anyone else. This suggests that the baseball mitt holds sentimental value for Holden and represents a deep connection to his deceased brother. It also implies that Holden trusts Jane enough to share something so personal and meaningful to him.

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  • 25. 

    What was the name of the taxi driver that discussed the ducks in the lagoon in Central Park South with Holden?

    • A.

      Ernie

    • B.

      Commander Blop

    • C.

      Horwitz

    • D.

      Ed Banky

    Correct Answer
    C. Horwitz
    Explanation
    Horwitz is the correct answer because in J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye," the protagonist Holden Caulfield mentions having a conversation about the ducks in the lagoon in Central Park South with a taxi driver named Horwitz. This interaction occurs during Holden's taxi ride, where he asks about the whereabouts of the ducks during winter. Therefore, Horwitz is the correct answer based on the information provided in the question.

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  • 26. 

    What college did Holden's dad want him to go to?

    • A.

      Yale or Princeton

    • B.

      Pencey Prep

    • C.

      Stanford or UCLA

    • D.

      Elkton Hills

    Correct Answer
    A. Yale or Princeton
    Explanation
    Holden's dad wanted him to go to Yale or Princeton. This is evident from Holden's discussion about his father's expectations and his disappointment in not meeting them. Throughout the novel, Holden's desire to please his father and live up to his expectations is a recurring theme. The mention of Yale or Princeton highlights the prestigious and elite nature of the colleges his father had in mind for him, emphasizing the pressure Holden feels to succeed academically and socially.

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  • 27. 

    What did Holden's dad do for a living?

    • A.

      Real estate developer

    • B.

      Janitor

    • C.

      Corporate Lawyer

    • D.

      Professor

    Correct Answer
    C. Corporate Lawyer
    Explanation
    Holden's dad worked as a corporate lawyer. This means that he was involved in legal matters related to corporations, such as advising on business transactions, contracts, and corporate governance. As a corporate lawyer, he may have represented companies in court, provided legal counsel on mergers and acquisitions, or helped with regulatory compliance. This profession typically requires a strong understanding of corporate law and excellent analytical and negotiation skills.

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  • 28. 

    Holden describes himself as being _________________, which really meant that he considered himself ______________.

    • A.

      Green; jealous

    • B.

      Blue; depressed

    • C.

      Yellow; coward

    • D.

      White; loyal

    Correct Answer
    C. Yellow; coward
    Explanation
    Holden describes himself as being "yellow," which is a slang term meaning cowardly. This suggests that he considers himself to be a coward.

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  • 29. 

    What is the name of the prostitute that comes to Holden's hotel room?

    • A.

      Lillian

    • B.

      Sally

    • C.

      Laverne

    • D.

      Sunny

    Correct Answer
    D. Sunny
    Explanation
    In J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye," the name of the prostitute that comes to Holden's hotel room is Sunny. This encounter is a pivotal moment in the story as it highlights Holden's struggle with his own sexuality and his conflicted feelings towards women. Sunny's presence also serves as a catalyst for Holden's emotional breakdown and his increasing feelings of alienation and loneliness.

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  • 30. 

    Whose bedroom is the largest in the Caulfield apartment?

    • A.

      Mr. & Mrs. Caulfields

    • B.

      D.B.'s

    • C.

      Holden's

    • D.

      Charlene, the maid

    Correct Answer
    B. D.B.'s
    Explanation
    D.B.'s bedroom is the largest in the Caulfield apartment.

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  • 31. 

    Phoebe's middle name is Josephine, but what does she write it as in her notebook that Holden reads?

    • A.

      Hazle

    • B.

      Alice

    • C.

      Phyllis

    • D.

      Weatherfield

    Correct Answer
    D. Weatherfield
    Explanation
    In her notebook, Phoebe writes her middle name as Weatherfield, according to what Holden reads.

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  • 32. 

    Phoebe gets mad at Holden and puts a pillow over her head.  What caused her to get mad at him?

    • A.

      That Holden broke her Little Shirley Beans record

    • B.

      She figured out that he got kicked out of Pency

    • C.

      Holden told her that her burping lessons weren't working

    • D.

      He didn't want to go watch her be Benedict Arnold in her school play

    Correct Answer
    B. She figured out that he got kicked out of Pency
  • 33. 

    Phoebe tells Holden that he doesn't like anything, to which he replies that he likes what?

    • A.

      Pency

    • B.

      Mr. Antolini

    • C.

      Allie and talking to her

    • D.

      The Museum of Natural History

    Correct Answer
    C. Allie and talking to her
    Explanation
    Holden likes Allie and talking to her. This suggests that Holden values his relationship with Allie and enjoys having conversations with her. Allie is likely someone who understands and connects with Holden on a deeper level, providing him with a sense of comfort and companionship. Talking to her might serve as a form of solace for Holden, allowing him to express his thoughts and feelings. This answer also aligns with Holden's longing for genuine connections and his desire to hold onto meaningful relationships in a world he perceives as superficial and phony.

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  • 34. 

    What does Holden tell Phoebe he wants to do for a living?

    • A.

      Be a scientist

    • B.

      Be a lawyer

    • C.

      Be a mechanic

    • D.

      Be a catcher in the rye

    Correct Answer
    D. Be a catcher in the rye
    Explanation
    Holden tells Phoebe that he wants to be a catcher in the rye. This statement is significant because it reveals Holden's desire to protect and save children from falling into the corrupt and adult world. He envisions himself as a guardian who catches children before they "fall off the cliff" of innocence and become corrupted by the phoniness of adulthood. This aspiration reflects Holden's longing for a simpler and purer world, and his resistance to growing up and facing the complexities of adulthood.

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  • 35. 

    Why does Holden cry right before he leaves Phoebe at their apartment?

    • A.

      He doesn't think he'll see her again

    • B.

      She gives him all of her Christmas dough

    • C.

      He's afraid his parents are going to catch him

    • D.

      He doesn't want to go to Mr. and Mrs. Antolini's

    Correct Answer
    B. She gives him all of her Christmas dough
    Explanation
    Holden cries right before he leaves Phoebe at their apartment because she gives him all of her Christmas dough. This act of generosity and selflessness touches Holden deeply, as he realizes the love and trust that Phoebe has for him. It makes him emotional and overwhelmed with gratitude, leading to his tears.

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  • 36. 

    What did the students in Oral Expression yell out if a student strayed from topic during their speeches?

    • A.

      Phony

    • B.

      Topic

    • C.

      Provocative

    • D.

      Digression

    Correct Answer
    D. Digression
    Explanation
    During their speeches, the students in Oral Expression would yell out "Digression" if a student strayed from the topic. This suggests that the word "Digression" accurately describes the action of going off-topic or deviating from the main subject of the speech. The other options, such as "Phony," "Topic," and "Provocative," do not specifically relate to straying from the topic and therefore are not the correct answer.

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  • 37. 

    Mr. Antolini gave Holden a quote that said, "The mark of the __________ man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the _____________ man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

    • A.

      Foolish; wise

    • B.

      Wise, foolish

    • C.

      Immature; mature

    • D.

      Mature; immature

    Correct Answer
    C. Immature; mature
    Explanation
    Mr. Antolini's quote suggests that the mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, indicating a lack of understanding or perspective. On the other hand, the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for a cause, showing wisdom and a realistic approach to life. This quote highlights the contrast between immaturity and maturity in terms of one's attitude towards life and their understanding of the importance of living purposefully.

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  • 38. 

    What caused Holden to leave Mr. and Mrs. Antolini's apartment so abruptly?

    • A.

      There was a fire

    • B.

      He got a call from his parents

    • C.

      He awoke to Mr. Antolini stroking his head

    • D.

      He needed cigarettes

    Correct Answer
    C. He awoke to Mr. Antolini stroking his head
    Explanation
    Holden left Mr. and Mrs. Antolini's apartment abruptly because he woke up to Mr. Antolini stroking his head. This action made Holden feel uncomfortable and he interpreted it as a possible inappropriate advance from Mr. Antolini. Feeling disturbed and confused, Holden decided to leave the apartment in a hurry.

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  • 39. 

    Why did Holden to go Phoebe's school to give her the note?

    • A.

      So she could pack her things and come with him

    • B.

      So that he could tell her goodbye

    • C.

      So he could take her to lunch

    • D.

      So he could take her to the zoo

    Correct Answer
    B. So that he could tell her goodbye
    Explanation
    Holden went to Phoebe's school to give her the note so that he could tell her goodbye. This suggests that Holden is planning on leaving and wants to say goodbye to his sister before he goes. The fact that he specifically went to her school indicates that he wanted to see her in person and have a final conversation before he leaves.

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  • 40. 

    What did Phoebe say that sounded so terrible to Holden?

    • A.

      F- you

    • B.

      Shut up

    • C.

      You're a phony

    • D.

      I'm not going back to school

    Correct Answer
    B. Shut up
    Explanation
    Phoebe saying "shut up" sounded terrible to Holden because it was a disrespectful and dismissive remark. It implied that Phoebe didn't want to listen to Holden or take him seriously, which hurt him deeply. This phrase can be seen as a rejection of Holden's thoughts and feelings, causing him to feel even more isolated and misunderstood.

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  • 41. 

    What did Phoebe do before she went back on the carousel?

    • A.

      She gave Holden a kiss and took his hunting hat out of his pocket and put it on his head

    • B.

      She reached for the gold ring

    • C.

      She walked around and looked for the perfect animal to ride

    • D.

      She told him that their dad was going to kill him

    Correct Answer
    A. She gave Holden a kiss and took his hunting hat out of his pocket and put it on his head
    Explanation
    Before Phoebe went back on the carousel, she showed affection towards Holden by giving him a kiss. Additionally, she took his hunting hat out of his pocket and put it on his head. These actions demonstrate Phoebe's care and concern for Holden, as she wants to ensure he is protected and comfortable before he leaves.

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