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Catcher in the Rye 1EP
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1. What does Holden mean when he says that his brother D.B. is out in Hollywood "being a prostitute"?
He is selling himself to Hollywood
2. Where is Holden as the story begins?
On top of Thomson Hill watching the Football Game
3. Where and what is Pencey Prep?
Agerstown, Pennsylvania, A school for boys
4. How did Holden let the fencing team down?
While in New York for nationals, he left the fencing gear on the train
5. Why was Holden being kicked out of Pencey Prep?
He didn't apply himself and failed 4 out of 5 of his classes (only passed english)
6. What kind of health does Holden appear to be in?
He seemed to need help but didn't get it; Lonely and has no motivation
7. Who is Mr. Spencer and why does Holden visit him?
His history teacher; His house is almost like a second home and he is leaving school after vacation
8. What did Spencer do that particularly annoyed Holden?
He yells alot
9. What does Holden give us as the reason for "leaving" Elkton Hills?
He failed 4 out of five of his clases
10. What does Holden mean, "I'm quite illiterate, but I read a lot"? Give examples of what he reads.
He is not a very good reader, but he enjoys the parts he can and likes the concept of reading. He reads
Out of Africa
Return of the Native
Of Human Bondage
11. Who is Ackley? Describe him.
Ackley rooms next to Holden.
He is a senior
12. What does Ackley do that annoys Holden?
He picked up his personal stuff
13. Who is Stradlater? Why does Holden refer to him as a "secret slob"? What does he look like?
Another student at the school
He always "looks right" but his things are gross
"He was the handsomest guy in the western hemisphere"
14. What point does Holden try to make about people when he talks about Stradlater and the "commas" and Ackley's description of the basketball player?
People think they are lousy at something just because they can't do one thing
The basketball player had the "perfect build" for basketball
15. Why did it make Holden nervous that Stradlater was going out with Jane Gallagher?
Holden is friends with her he didn't want her to know that he got kicked out of the school. He is also very protective of her.
16 Who is Allie, and why is his baseball mitt so special to Holden?
His brother; he died of leukemia in 1946
17. Why did Holden's parents want to have him psychoanalyzed?
He broke all of the windows in the garage
18. What do Holden and Stradlater fight over?
Holden wants to know what de did with Jane
19. Holden says that he is a "pacifist". What is that, and is he?
A pacifist is someone who is against violence; No, he is just not very good at fighting
20. Why does Holden suddenly decide to visit Ackley's room?
He wants to hide from Stradlater until he falls asleep
21. Where does Holden then decide to go?
22. What is his final good-bye to Pencey Prep?
He yelled "Sleep tight ya Morons!" in the corridor
23. Why do you think Holden was crying as he left?
He is not sure what he is going to do
24. What does Holden mean when he says, "Mothers are all slightly insane"?
They don't always notice how their children actually are, or they ignore it
25. What are some of the lies Holden tells Mrs. Morrow? Do you think he's as sorry for them as he stated?
His name was Rudolph Schmidt
His nose was bleeding b/c of a snowball
The class wanted Ernie (her son) to be president
He shows a little bit of remorse, but lying is fun for him and he doesn't seem to have a lot of control over his mouth
26. Holden calls other people phony. In what way is he one?
He lies a lot
27. Who is Phoebe, and what is Holden's opinion of her?
Phoebe is a girl who is "not exactly a w***... but didn't mind doing it every once in a while", He thinks of her as a prostitute
28. What evidence is there that shows us that Holden probably doesn't look as old as he says he looks?
None of the bartenders will bring him drinks
29. What was the past relationship like between Holden and Jane?
They were very good friends, they had a bit of romance as well. Holden is extremely protective of her and treats her like family.
30. What do Holden and the cab driver talk about?
Where do the Ducks go when the pond freezes over?
31. Why does Holden leave Ernie's?
One of his older brother's girlfriends is there with a military man
32. Previously Holden stated he was a "pacifist". Does his description of how he would deal with the "glove thief" support this, or is he just "yellow"?
No, he portrays himself as a chicken. But he tries to make himself more tough
33. Does Holden have any guilt feelings about Allie? Do you feel this is abnormal in any way, or normal?
No, I think it is normal (while unhealthy) that he blocks out guilt and tries to act like he's not gone
34. What made Holden cry?
Maurice and Sunny broke into his room to collect the five dollars that Holden owed him for the girl
35. What evidence shows us that Holden might have made a good actor?
He is a good liar, he makes up fake personalities and stories and tells them to people (they usually believe him)
36. What is the point that Holden tries to make about people when he elaborates about the suitcases of the nuns and of his former roommate?
People don't want to feel inferior, even if its something stupid like a suitcase. He takes sensitivity to a new level.
37. How does Holden treat the nuns?
He treats them kindly and even gives them a generous donation of $100's. He asks questions about their work and what they teach.
38. Why does Holden think it spoils a conversation if someone asks what religion he is?
He thinks it's like the suitcases, they want to feel superior because of their religion.
39. Who does Holden make a date with? Why does he call her up if he thinks she's a phony?
Sally Haye; he thinks that she's really intelligent; she knows a lot about literature and plays
40. How does Holden treat little kids? Give an example.
He is nice and helpful to them; he helps a girl with he skates, he helps a skinny kid on a seesaw
41. Does Holden know his way around the city? What does this tell us about him?
Yes, he has been here before and has a good sense of direction
42. How do Holden's feelings for women compare to his feelings for men?
Holden gives women a chance to prove his first impressions wrong, but he assumes all men are boring or phony
43. How does Holden feel about actors? How does he feel about The Lunts?
He feels that they are too good and it makes you not want to watch it; The lunts seen to have the "only ones in the show... that had any real brains"
44. What is Holden's point about the difference between men owning a car and men owning a horse?
When men own a car, they are so uptight and worried about getting a new car, but a horse is more human and you can treat it like one
45. How does Holden describe a boy's school when talking to Sally?
It's full of a bunch of phonies, you just have to be smart enough to buy a Cadillac one day. You have to pretend you give a damn and talk about girls, liquor, and sex all day. It's full of cliques
46. Why does Holden want to take off with Sally now instead of after college? What's the difference in his eyes?
He doesn't think he has time. He seems excited instead of dreading his situation
47. What is Holden's opinion of the Christmas show at Radio City?
He thinks it was pretty, but he can't imagine the religious part in it.
48. Why did Holden think the woman who cried through the movie was a phony?
She didn't seem kindhearted enough to cry in a movie.
49. Why did Holden get mad at Luce for calling his (Luce's) old girlfriend the "***** of New Hampshire"?
He didn't think that it was nice because"If she was decent enough to let you get sexy with her all the time, you at least shouldn't talk about her that way" (160)
50. Who was Luce to Holden?
Luce was Holden's Student Advisor; he is now attending Columbia
51. How does Holden "act" again in this chapter?
He does his best to defend women that Luce talks about
52. What happens to Holden at the Wicker Bar?
He tries to have a normal conversation with Luce, but it is obvious that he is having trouble doing the simplest things. He got really drunk and called Sally.
53. What happens to Phoebe's record?
I broke "into about fifty pieces" (170)
54. Where does Holden go right after he leaves the bar?
He went to the lagoon in Central Park
55. What information does Holden finally tell us about Allie's funeral?
The lagoon is where Allie's funeral was.
56. What does Holden say about Allie that contradicts all his other statements about being an atheist?
Holden says that Allie's "Soul's in Heaven" (172)
57. After he leaves the park, where does Holden go?
He went home
58. What does Holden find so intriguing about Phoebe's notebook?
He changed her middle name from Josephine to Weatherfield
59. Why did it depress Holden when an "old guy" told him that his days at Pencey were the happiest days of his life?
This depressed Holden because he realizes that, where he is now, Pencey was the the happiest place he had been too.
60. What does it tell us about Holden when Phoebe states, "You don't like anything that's happening"?
It tells us that he is really depressed and doesn't really know what he likes. He is immature, and likes to argue he can't see the good in anything and Phoebe calls him out on it
61. Why does Holden think about James Castle when Phoebe asks him to name one thing that he likes a lot? Why does he deny really knowing James? What does it tell us about Holden when he says, "Just because somebody's dead, you don't just stop liking them, for God's sake---especially if they were a thousand times nicer than the people you know that are alive and all"?
He thinks about James because he is thinking about the cruelty in the world making him go crazy. It is a perfect example of how cruel people bully the weak people. It shows Holden's inability to concentrate and proves Phoebe's point that he doesn't really like anything. He likes that James isn't phony and won't back down when he is being bullied. He and James never talked and weren't really friends, but James borrowed Holden's sweater once (the sweater he killed himself in). He is still hung up on Allie's death and doesn't want to forget about him. He feels really alone and Allie was one of the only people he actually liked.
62. What does Holden tell Phoebe he'd like to be?
Holden says he would like to be a catcher in the rye, and stand at the edge of the cliff and catch the chldren when they are close to falling off. He has a desire to keep children innocent and wants to save them.
63. Who is Mr. Antolini?
Mr. Antolini is Holden's old teacher from Elkton Hills. He was Holden's favorite teacher. He told Holden to get his life together
64. How does Phoebe cover for Holden when their parents come home?
Phoebe covers for Holden when the parents come home by saying that she was smoking (Holden had been smoking a cigarette earlier) She said she took one puff to help her sleep.
65. In talking with her parents how does Phoebe "sound" like Holden?
Phoebe is similar to Holden because she is sassy, and she was lying to them. She also uses the word "lousy." sShe sounds like Holden because she tries to sound more matures than she really is.
66. What does Phoebe do that makes Holden cry?
Phoebe makes Holden cry when she gives him all of her Christmas money
67. What does Holden give to Phoebe?
Holden gives Phoebe his red hunting hat and pieces of the broken record
68. Why did Holden fail his speech class?
He didn't go to class. He liked when people digressed from their topic
69. How does Holden feel physically while he talks to Mr. Antolini?
Holden feels ill while talking to Mr. Antolini
70. What does Holden say about him hating people, such as Ackley and Stradlater?
He doesn't hate people consistently, but when they do certain things
71. What does Antolini's quote mean, "The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one"?
Holden's cause is getting rid of phoniness-immature
72. How does Antolini upset and scare Holden?
Mr. Antolini was stroking Holden's head, and Holden thinks he is pulling a homosexual advance.
73. Later, after he has had time to think about it, what does Holden think about Antolini?
Holden started questioning himself and realized his judgment was a little off.
74. Why does the article on hormones upset Holden?
He realized he had the bad hormones that the article described.
75. What strange feeling does Holden start to have when he steps off of curbs?
He feels like he won't make it to the other side of the curb and will disappear.
76. Why does he keep repeating, "Allie, don't let me disappear"?
He's alone, nobody knows that he is in the city and feels weak, unseen, almost sick. He is pleading with Allie to watch him so that he literally does not disappear into the bigness of New York, his mind, or possibly life itself
77. What does Holden decide he must do next? Where does he first go?
He decided he must go west to work on a ranch. He is going to say goodbye to Phoebe and have lunch with her
78. With all the bad language that Holden uses, why was he so upset that curse words were written on a school wall?
He loves the innocence of children and feels this bad language takes away the innocence of children.
79. How does Holden treat the two small boys in the museum?
He is very kind to the boys and takes them to the mummy area of the museum
80. Why is it so important to Holden that Phoebe not be mad at him? Relate this to his past, and Allie.
He doesn't want Phoebe to be mad at him and then die like Allie did-- guilt.
81. What does Holden mean when he states, "The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off, but it's bad if you say anything to them"
You have to let children try it on their own first. "let them scrape their knee so they know."
82. What is the carrousel symbolic of?
It is cyclical; life keeps going and going. It symbolizes childhood; Holden is afraid of growing up
83. At the conclusion, where is Holden?
He is in a mental hospital
84. What was the past relationship like between Holden and Jane?
They were very close friends, they tried to be something more, but it didn't work out
85. What does Holden mean when he says, "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing
Don't get close to anyone. They will leave or disappoint you
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