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TEST 2

_____ 1. A question that is on Holden's mind and is the subject of several conversations is

A. Why did the children in the museum choose to visit the Egyptian mummies?
B. What happens to the ducks in Central Park during the winter?
C. Why aren't the exhibits in the American Museum of Natural History changed more often?

_____ 2. According to Holden, Ernie the piano player, the Lunts, and Laurence Olivier

A. confuse art and entertainment
B. are the best performers in their respective fields
C. leave him cold

_____ 3. "Then all of a sudden, I got in this big mess" introduces the episode

A. of Holden's expulsion from school
B. of his drunkenness at the hotel
C. of his encounter with the prostitute

_____ 4. After Maurice and Sonny leave Holden,

A. he considers suicide but rejects it in favor of revenge
B. he counts his money to see how much they have stolen
C. he fantasizes that he has been shot

_____ 5. The meeting with the nuns reminds Holden of

A. his change of heart about religion
B. an incident with his roommate's suitcase at Elkton Hills School
C. his loneliness and estrangement from his family

_____ 6. Holden buys a record for Phoebe and

A. brings it home to her although it is broken
B. loses it at Grand Central Station
C. apologizes to her for such a meager gift

_____ 7. Holden's date with Sally ends

A. with an innocent kiss
B. in an argument
C. with his proposing to her

_____ 8. Holden says,

A. "Maybe all bores have some secret talent"
B. "I hate when kids ask you to tighten their skates for them"
C. "It's depressing to think I'll probably end up a lawyer like my father"

_____ 9. Holden shows he may have arrived at a point of maturity when he

A. determines to "make it" on his own
B. decides to return home with Phoebe
C. says he will never miss the people he has been talking about


_____ 10. Which is not true of Phoebe?

A. She lies to her mother about smoking
B. She gives Holden all her money
C. She is frightened of the carousel

11. How does Holden feel about his parents?

12. Discuss Holden's failed attempts to communicate with people.

13. Discuss the importance of Allie in Holden's life.

14. How typical do you think Holden Caulfield is?

15. Draw a character sketch of Holden at twenty-five or thirty years old.

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