The Catcher in the Rye

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“The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.”

Book description from Little, Brown and Company


You can access 250 questions about The Catcher in the Rye in Castle Learning.


Teachers will find a combination of question types available to assess comprehension of The Catcher in the Rye, including: multiple choice, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and constructed/extended response.



Breakdown of topical questions:

  • Chapter 1-2
  • Chapter 3-4
  • Chapter 5-6
  • Chapter 7-8
  • Chapter 9-10
  • Chapter 11-12
  • Chapter 13-14
  • Chapter 15-16
  • Chapter 17-18
  • Chapter 19-20
  • Chapter 21-22
  • Chapter 23-24
  • Chapter 25-26

Common Core Standards addressed by questions about The Catcher in the Rye:

  • L. 11-12.5
  • L. 9-10.5
  • RL. 11-12.1
  • RL. 11-12.2
  • RL. 11-12.3
  • RL. 11-12.4
  • RL. 11-12.5
  • RL. 11-12.6
  • RL. 9-10.1
  • RL. 9-10.2
  • RL. 9-10.3
  • RL. 9-10.4
  • RL. 9-10.5
  • RL. 9-10.9
  • W. 11-12.1
  • W. 11-12.4
  • W. 11-12.9
  • W. 9-10.1
  • W. 9-10.4
  • W. 9-10.9