The Catcher in the Rye: Literary Criticism


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Which is a factor that led The Catcher in the Rye to be banned several times over the years?

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1. Holden Caulfield is often compared to _____ , another important character in American literature.

2. What is a common positively viewed attribute of The Catcher in the Rye?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Catcher in the Rye is a famous novel that received both positive and negative reviews by critics. This quiz features questions about The Catcher and the Rye and its wide range of compliments and criticisms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on important information about the novel, including:

  • Controversial issues with The Catcher and the Rye
  • The characters of The Catcher and the Rye
  • The context of the novel

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related The Catcher in the Rye lesson on literary criticism
  • Making connections - locate connections between The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about negative or positive views about the novel to answer questions about them

Additional Learning

To learn more about this novel and its historical context, look at the lesson titled The Catcher in the Rye: Literary Criticism. This lesson will teach you about:

  • The personality of the novel's main character Holden Caulfield
  • Negative reviews of JD Salinger's work
  • Positive views of The Catcher in the Rye
  • Comparisons of the novel and other major literary works