Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye: Character & Analysis


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What loss did Holden sustain at a young age that marked the beginning of his decline into depression and anger in The Catcher in the Rye?

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1. What memory does Holden have of Allie that makes him feel guilty in The Catcher in the Rye?

2. How did James Castle die in The Catcher in the Rye?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz will test your knowledge of Holden Caulfield, the protagonist from the novel The Catcher in the Rye. This quiz will ask you five short questions about Holden, including what he remembers about his younger brother and why he thinks he doesn't do well in school.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

To successfully pass this quiz, you'll need to:

  • Understand what happens that causes Holden to become angry and depressed
  • Recall the memory of Allie that makes Holden feel guilty
  • Determine how James Castle dies
  • Assess why Holden believes he doesn't perform well in school
  • Know what Holden aspires to be when he grows up

Skills Practiced

You'll practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about The Catcher in the Rye to answer what makes Holden angry and depressed at an early age
  • Information recall - apply knowledge you've gained regarding the cause of James Castle's death
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Holden to connect what he wants to be when he grows up

Additional Learning

Read the related lesson, Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye: Character & Analysis, to get a more comprehensive view of this literary character. The lesson goes over the following learning objectives:

  • Learn about Holden's difficulty dealing with loss
  • Understand what Holden's teachers try to explain to him
  • Analyze several quotes from Holden