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The Catcher in the Rye Quizzes

by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye Quiz 1

1. Where does the title of the novel come from?

  • a game that Holden and Allie would play
  • a reference to Greek mythology
  • a poem by Robert Burns
  • the title of Holden's favorite song

2. What is the name of the benefactor of Holden's dormitory wing?

  • Fawcett
  • Weiss
  • Merriman
  • Ossenburger

3. What is Phoebe's favorite movie?

  • The Doctor
  • The 39 Steps
  • Gone With the Wind
  • The Wizard of Oz

4. After his fight with Stradlater, Holden claims that he is a/an ________.

  • sadist
  • anarchist
  • wimp
  • pacifist

5. Holden tells the girls he saw ________ at the Lavender Room.

  • Laurence Olivier
  • Alfred Lunt
  • Gary Cooper
  • Peter Lorre

6. What is one of Holden's least favorite words?

  • indeed
  • grand
  • phony
  • fabulous

7. Which prep school did Holden NOT attend?

  • Pencey
  • Andover
  • Whooton
  • Elkton Hills

8. How did Allie die?

  • a car accident
  • World War II
  • leukemia
  • polio

9. Which of the following things does Holden NOT like?

  • The nuns at Grand Central
  • Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms"
  • Allie Caulfield
  • James Castle

10. What smell permeates Mr. Spencer's home?

  • Potpourri
  • Cigar Smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Vicks Nose Drops

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