Catcher in the Rye Banned: Controversy & Explanation


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Which of the following have been cited as a reason for banning The Catcher in the Rye?

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1. Approximately how many copies of Catcher in the Rye have been sold since its publication?

2. After which of the following assassinations did the perpetrator wait for police while flipping through his copy of Catcher in the Rye?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Although J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most popular and beloved novels of the 20th Century, it is also one of the most controversial. Go over some of the reasons why it was banned and the book's significance outside of literature with the questions in this assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Reasons cited for banning the novel
  • The novel's popularity
  • Teachers who faced consequences for using the novel in class
  • The novel's critical legacy

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the name of the person whose perpetrator sat and read The Catcher in the Rye after committing the crime
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the banning of The Catcher in the Rye
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the number of copies of this book that has been sold

Additional Learning

For further information on this subject, read the associated lesson called Catcher in the Rye Banned: Controversy & Explanation. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Controversial contents of The Catcher in the Rye
  • Increase in popularity
  • Relationship to assassinations and attempts