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A STEP BEYOND

TESTS AND ANSWERS

TEST 1

_____ 1. The title refers to Holden Caulfield's wish to

A. protect children
B. imitate his dead brother Allie
C. prove his worth to his parents

_____ 2. Which is not true of the novel?

A. It is narrated in the first person
B. The actions of the hero are more important than his thoughts
C. It is told in a flashback

_____ 3. Holden feels that

A. Antolini is his only adult friend
B. his brother D. B. has "prostituted" himself in Hollywood
C. James Castle was wrong to commit suicide

_____ 4. The novel opens and closes

A. in Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania
B. in Holden's home in New York
C. in a "rest home" in California

_____ 5. More than anything else, Holden hates

A. old people
B. phonies
C. baseball players

_____ 6. Which pair of characters play similar roles in Holden's life?

A. Phoebe and Sally Hayes
B. Spencer and Antolini
C. Carl Luce and Jane Gallagher

_____ 7. Holden is beaten up by

A. Ward Stradlater and Maurice
B. Ackley
C. the taxi driver


_____ 8. There us irony in

A. Holden's love for Phoebe and his refusal to take her with him
B. Holden's contempt for movies and his apparent familiarity with films
C. Holden's expulsion from school and his excellent grades

_____ 9. Which is true of Holden?

A. He respects Mr. Ossenburger for his philanthropy
B. He feels the red hat brings him luck
C. He likes an author whom you would feel like telephoning

_____ 10. Holden does not go directly home from Pencey Prep because

A. he is afraid to face his parents until school officially closes for the holidays
B. he is anxious for a few days of freedom in New York
C. he is seriously considering going out West

11. What is Holden's attitude toward Jane Gallagher, and why is it an important part of the novel?

12. What does Phoebe stand for in Holden's mind?

13. Why is Holden so concerned about the ducks on the lake in Central Park?

14. What is Holden's attitude toward girls, and what does this attitude say about him?

15. What is Holden's attitude toward religion, and what does this attitude say about him?

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