Quotes on Depression in The Catcher in The Rye


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Who does Holden like to talk to when he feels really depressed in The Catcher in the Rye?

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1. Who is able to convince Holden to go home and get some help in The Catcher in the Rye?

2. What is Holden's plan to make himself disappear in The Catcher in the Rye?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is meant to help you assess what you know about the ways in which Holden in The Catcher in the Rye expresses his depressed thoughts and feelings. Quiz questions will test your knowledge of what Holden says and does that indicate his depression.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assess the depth of your knowledge of this topic by answering questions about:

  • Who Holden speaks to when he is feeling depressed
  • Who convinces Holden to return home and get help for his depression
  • How Holden plans on disappearing
  • What disease Holden diagnoses himself with
  • What does and does not make Holden feel depressed

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding specific words and actions that reflect the fact that Holden is depressed
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what Holden witnesses that does not make him feel depressed
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify characters whom Holden speaks to and who encourage him to seek help for his depression

Additional Learning

To read more quotes from Holden and get more of an idea about his depression and its role in the novel, refer to the lesson titled Quotes on Depression in The Catcher in the Rye. With this lesson, you will study:

  • Holden's feelings of disappearing
  • Holden's thoughts of death and dying
  • Specific bits of dialogue that show the many things Holden is depressed about