Why is The Catcher in the Rye a Classic?


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Which of the following does NOT contribute to novels being viewed as classics?

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1. What is one of the universal themes addressed in The Catcher in the Rye?

2. How did the New York Times respond to the publication of The Catcher in the Rye?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz asks you why The Catcher in the Rye is considered a classic work of literature. You'll be asked how critics and society have received The Catcher in the Rye, as well as what makes a novel a classic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked to:

  • Understand why novels are considered classics
  • Recall the novel's universal theme
  • Assess the New York Times's review of The Catcher in the Rye
  • Know the book list that The Catcher in the Rye is placed on
  • Identify the literary movement that The Catcher in the Rye influenced

Skills Practiced

This quiz will help you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use what you know about The Catcher in the Rye to determine the American literary movement it influenced
  • Information recall - apply knowledge you've gained regarding one of the novel's universal themes
  • Distinguishing differences - be able to recognize the difference between criteria that does and does not contribute to a novel's consideration as a classic

Additional Learning

To learn more about this novel's significance, read the related lesson, Why is The Catcher in the Rye a Classic? The lesson will help you:

  • Define the terms posthumous and literati
  • Understand positive and negative portrayals of the book's influence
  • Learn who wrote The Catcher in the Rye