The Catcher in the Rye
Pre-Requisite Reading Guide
Map of Setting
Create a map of Holden’s adventures
Should include the major events that took place
Include page numbers of the major events
Holden’s state of mind during his journey with specific quotes as
Complete the following chart
Character Description Circumstances Holden’s feelings
Point of View
Who is the narrator of the book?
Describe the narrator
Is the narrator reliable? Why or why not?
How would the story change if it were told from another’s perspective
(Holden’s parents, for example)?
Go http://www.ronaldmah.com. Click on “handouts,” and scroll down to
the link for information on “Adolescent Egocentrism.” Read the
psychological worksheet explaining the concept of “Adolescent
Explain if/how Holden possesses each characteristic of Adolescent
Egocentrism (finding fault with authority figures, argumentativeness,
self-consciousness, self-centeredness, indecisiveness, apparent
Find five (5) examples from the book to support your assertions.
Explain each example.
Complete the following chart to further understand symbolism in the
Symbol Page #s Literal Meaning Symbolically
The hunting cap
The ducks in the
Go to the Springfield Township High School Library website. Click on
Catalogs and Databases, and then click on Galenet Student Resource
Center Gold. Perform a keyword search for “fallen idol.”
Read the article “The Fallen Idol: The Immature World of Holden
Caulfield” by Peter J. Seng.
What does this add to your understanding of the novel?