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The Catcher in the Rye: Characters, Themes & Symbols

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In Catcher in the Rye, which one of the following is the only character willing to go live in the woods with Holden?

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1. In Catcher in the Rye, Holden's obsession with the ducks in Central Park is symbolic of which one of the following?

2. In the Catcher in the Rye, which one of the following is the correct phrase from the Robert Burns poem, 'Comin' Thro' The Rye'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of The Catcher in the Rye and further your understanding of the novel's themes and J.D. Salinger's use of symbolism. The quiz questions will ask you about one of the major themes and the symbolic meaning of Holden's obsession with the ducks in Central Park.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Character who wants to live in the woods with Holden
  • Symbol of Holden's desire to isolate himself
  • Catalyst for Sally Hayes's rejection of Holden

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow you to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the characters and themes in The Catcher in the Rye
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding themes of the novel and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Salinger's use of symbolism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about various characters in The Catcher in the Rye

Additional Learning

Learn more about this American literary classic by reviewing the accompanying lesson, The Catcher in the Rye: Characters, Themes & Symbols. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review a plot summary
  • Know the key themes present in the story
  • Recognize the roles of the novel's main characters
  • Identify the mental illness from which Holden suffers
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