Catcher - Multiple Choice Test - Apfornnarino

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This is the multiple choice portion of The Catcher in the Rye test. Feel free to use your book as an answer resource. You have twenty minutes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The first paragraph of the novel primarily serves

    • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. To give hints about the narrator's current circumstances
    Explanation
    The first paragraph of the novel is not meant to shock or alienate the reader, as it does not contain any disturbing or offensive content. It also does not aim to create sympathy for the narrator's unhappy childhood experiences, as it does not provide any details about the narrator's past. Additionally, it cannot be considered an objective assessment of the narrator's character, as it does not analyze or evaluate the narrator in any way. However, the first paragraph does serve to give hints about the narrator's current circumstances, as it provides some information about the setting or situation in which the narrator finds themselves.

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  • 2. 

    From the context, the reader can infer that "this crumby place" the narrator refers to in the middle of the first paragraph of the novel is most likely

    • A.

      A mental institution

    • B.

      A boarding school

    • C.

      A school in California

    • D.

      His brother's house

    Correct Answer
    A. A mental institution
    Explanation
    The narrator's use of the phrase "this crumby place" suggests a negative and unpleasant environment. This, along with the fact that the narrator mentions being "sick" and "nervous," indicates that they are likely referring to a mental institution. The other options, such as a boarding school or a school in California, do not fit the context provided. Additionally, there is no mention of the narrator having a brother or being in their brother's house.

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  • 3. 

    In the first chapter, the first complete shift in setting occurs

    • 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 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

    Correct Answer
    B. At the beginning of the 2nd paragraph ("Where I want to start")
    Explanation
    The correct answer is at the beginning of the 2nd paragraph ("Where I want to start"). This is because the question asks for the first complete shift in setting, and in the 2nd paragraph, the narrator mentions that he wants to start his story at a different point. This indicates a shift in setting or time. The other options do not indicate a shift in setting as clearly.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. Holden is very interested in sports.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Holden is very interested in sports." This assumption cannot be logically made after reading chapter 1 because there is no information provided about Holden's interests or involvement in sports. The other options can be assumed based on the information given in the chapter.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. His brother is selling out his talent by writing screenplays.
    Explanation
    Holden's statement suggests that his brother, D.B., is compromising his artistic integrity by writing screenplays in Hollywood. The term "prostitute" is used metaphorically to imply that D.B. is sacrificing his true passion and talent for financial gain and fame. Therefore, the correct answer is that his brother is selling out his talent by writing screenplays.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. The taxi driver knowing the answer to the question
    Explanation
    In the 3rd paragraph on page 60, the sentence mentions that the taxi driver seemed to know everything about New York City. Therefore, the "it" in the last sentence probably refers to the taxi driver knowing the answer to the question.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Insecurity and desire to appear mature
    Explanation
    Holden's response to the taxi driver's question of "Where to?" reveals his insecurity and desire to appear mature. This can be seen in his hesitation and uncertainty in giving a clear answer. He tries to come up with a sophisticated destination, mentioning a fictional place like the "Edmont Hotel," to impress the driver and make himself seem more grown-up. This behavior indicates that Holden is unsure of himself and feels the need to project a more mature image to others.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Indifferent
    Explanation
    The taxi driver's attitude towards the narrator can be described as indifferent. This means that the taxi driver does not show any particular interest or concern towards the narrator. He may not be friendly or hostile, but rather displays a lack of emotion or attention towards the narrator.

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  • 9. 

    In the paragraph at the bottom of page 60 beginning with "Well-- take me to the Edmont, then," Holden reveals his1. Desire to impress adults2. Desperation for companionship3. Maturity and worldliness

    • A.

      1 only

    • B.

      2 only

    • C.

      1 and 2 only

    • D.

      1 and 3 only

    Correct Answer
    C. 1 and 2 only
    Explanation
    In the paragraph, Holden expresses his desire to impress adults by suggesting to go to the Edmont hotel, which is a fancy place. This desire shows that he wants to be seen as mature and sophisticated in the eyes of adults. Additionally, his desperation for companionship is evident in his willingness to go to the hotel with the prostitute, showing that he is seeking human connection and is willing to do whatever it takes to find it. Therefore, the correct answer is 1 and 2 only.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Is highly sensitive to the extreme ugliness of city life
    Explanation
    Holden's comment about the park making him depressed suggests that he is highly sensitive to the extreme ugliness of city life. This implies that he finds city life to be overwhelmingly unpleasant and it affects his emotions negatively. The comment indicates that Holden is deeply affected by the negative aspects of urban environments, which aligns with his overall disillusionment and dissatisfaction with society.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. 1, 2, and 3
    Explanation
    The author most likely put "any" in italics to convey the total dreariness of the park, the extent of Holden's depression, and the depth of the sensitivity of Holden. The use of italics emphasizes the lack of hope and anticipation in the situation, highlighting the overall gloomy atmosphere of the park. Additionally, it suggests the depth of Holden's depression and his inability to see any positive or exciting prospects in the future. Finally, the italics emphasize the sensitivity of Holden's character, as he is deeply affected by the dreariness and lack of excitement around him.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Create reader sympathy for the little girl
    Explanation
    The author most likely included Holden's comment about the little girl's sweater being "lumpy" and made by the mother in order to create reader sympathy for the little girl. This comment suggests that the little girl's family may not have the means to buy her a well-made sweater, highlighting their financial struggles. By evoking sympathy, the author aims to elicit an emotional response from the readers and create a connection between them and the little girl.

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  • 13. 

    Given the context of the passage on page 119 (and the novel as a whole), Holden's comment, "I love it when a kid's nice and polite" can best be interpreted by the reader as

    • A.

      Symbolic

    • B.

      Ironic

    • C.

      Flippant

    • D.

      Straightforward

    Correct Answer
    A. Symbolic
    Explanation
    Holden's comment, "I love it when a kid's nice and polite," can best be interpreted by the reader as symbolic. This suggests that Holden values kindness and politeness in children as a symbol of innocence and purity. It reflects his longing for a world that is not corrupted by the phoniness and hypocrisy that he despises. The comment symbolizes Holden's desire for genuine human connection and his yearning for a simpler and more authentic way of life.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. Archetypes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "archetypes". The paragraph about the museum does not contain archetypes. Archetypes are recurring symbols or motifs that represent universal patterns of human nature, such as the hero or the trickster. However, the paragraph may contain hyperbole, which is exaggerated language, concrete details that provide specific information, and colloquial expressions that are informal and conversational in nature.

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  • 15. 

    From the long paragraph beginning on page 120 about the museum, the reader can infer that the narrator1. Sometimes misbehaved in private life2. Is very perceptive of small details3. Appreciates kind, even-tempered adults

    • A.

      1 only

    • B.

      2 only

    • C.

      1 and 2 only

    • D.

      1,2, and 3

    Correct Answer
    D. 1,2, and 3
    Explanation
    Based on the information provided in the long paragraph about the museum, the reader can infer that the narrator sometimes misbehaved in private life because the paragraph mentions the narrator getting into trouble for "kicking over a chair" and "throwing a tantrum." The reader can also infer that the narrator is very perceptive of small details because the paragraph describes the narrator's observations of the museum exhibits in great detail. Additionally, the paragraph implies that the narrator appreciates kind, even-tempered adults as it mentions the narrator's admiration for the museum guide who was patient and understanding.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. 3 only
    Explanation
    Holden becomes "even more depressed" when Phoebe says "You don't like anything that's happening" most likely because he knows her analysis is correct. This suggests that Holden is aware of his own negative outlook and lack of enjoyment in life. Phoebe's comment serves as a confirmation of his feelings, reinforcing his sadness and leading to further depression.

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  • 17. 

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

    • A.

      Holden admired Castle for standing up to the bullies.

    • B.

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

    • C.

      The way the school handled the incident bothered Holden.

    • D.

      The incident troubled Holden because he identified with Castle.

    Correct Answer
    B. Holden told Phoebe about the incident so she would better understand his depression.
    Explanation
    The passage on page 170 does not mention anything about Holden telling Phoebe about the incident with James Castle in order to help her understand his depression. The passage only focuses on how the incident troubled Holden, his admiration for Castle's bravery, and how he was bothered by the way the school handled the situation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Feeling connected emotionally
    Explanation
    From Holden's comments on page 171, it can be inferred that he values emotional connections. This is evident when he mentions that he likes talking to someone for a long time, even if they don't say anything. This suggests that Holden finds comfort and enjoyment in deep emotional connections with others.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Philosophical depth and concern with motives
    Explanation
    In the paragraph mentioned on page 172, Holden displays his philosophical depth and concern with motives. This can be inferred from the fact that the last half of the paragraph reveals his thoughts and reflections on lawyers, indicating a deeper level of thinking and analysis. Additionally, his concern with motives suggests that he is interested in understanding the underlying reasons and intentions behind people's actions. This demonstrates Holden's intellectual depth and his tendency to delve into deeper philosophical questions.

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  • 20. 

    On page 173, Holden states three times that his desire to the be "the catcher in the rye" is "crazy" because he

    • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Feels somewhat vulnerable as a result of opening up to Phoebe
    Explanation
    Holden states three times that his desire to be "the catcher in the rye" is "crazy" because he feels somewhat vulnerable as a result of opening up to Phoebe. This suggests that Holden recognizes the emotional risk involved in sharing his true feelings and desires with others, especially with someone as close as his sister Phoebe. Opening up and expressing oneself can make a person feel exposed and vulnerable, which is why Holden considers his desire to be the "catcher in the rye" as crazy.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. 1 and 2 only
    Explanation
    In the given paragraph, Holden's comment about being a little kid fifty years ago indicates a sense of world-weariness, as he reflects on the passage of time and his own aging. This comment also suggests a tendency to exaggerate, as it is unlikely that Holden is actually fifty years old. Therefore, the correct answer is 1 and 2 only.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Demonstrate independence
    Explanation
    In the passage on page 211, the phrase "trying to grab for the gold ring" suggests that the children are attempting to assert their independence. The gold ring symbolizes a goal or achievement that they are striving for, indicating their desire to prove their autonomy and show that they can succeed on their own. This interpretation aligns with the idea of demonstrating independence rather than showing abilities, attaining goals, or overcoming fear of failure.

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  • 23. 

    On page 212, when Phoebe puts Holden's red hunting hat on his head, his remark that it nearly "killed" him reflects

    • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. How touched he is by her gesture of love and concern
    Explanation
    Holden's remark that the red hunting hat nearly "killed" him suggests that he is deeply moved and touched by Phoebe's gesture of love and concern. The hyperbolic language used by Holden emphasizes the intensity of his emotions in response to her action. It implies that her act of putting the hat on his head has had a profound impact on him, evoking strong feelings of love and care. This explanation aligns with the idea that Holden values genuine connections and craves affection, making Phoebe's gesture highly significant to him.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Holden's recent past and his future
    Explanation
    In the last sentence of the first paragraph of chapter 26, "that stuff" refers to Holden's recent past and his future. This can be inferred from the context of the sentence and the surrounding paragraphs, where Holden reflects on his experiences and contemplates what lies ahead for him. The phrase "that stuff" is a vague reference to the events and circumstances that have shaped Holden's life and will continue to impact his future.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Straightforward chronological order
    Explanation
    Chapter 26, beginning on page 213, is characterized by all of the given options except straightforward chronological order. This means that the chapter does not follow a linear timeline and may include flashbacks or non-sequential events. The chapter may still have a first-person narrative, repetition, and expletives, but it does not adhere to a straightforward chronological order.

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