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Support the development of close reading skills with this worksheet composed of challenging questions designed to help high school students analyze chapter 11 of Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. An answer key is provided. Delivered in printable Word Document and PDF formats, these instructional materials save teachers valuable time at home without sacrificing rigor in the classroom. With this resource, students will be able to:

  • Articulate what the text states explicitly and implicitly
  • Explain the significance of a given detail
  • Write with clarity, logic, and precision
  • Cite relevant textual evidence in support of claims
  • Explore character motivations
  • Make logical inferences in context
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including epimone and metaphor
  • Analyze the significance of a tense shift in Holden’s language
  • Identify several of Jane’s eccentricities that Holden finds endearing
  • Define complex words and phrases in context
  • Verify interpretations of language using reference materials such as a dictionary or thesaurus
  • Compare Jane and Holden’s methods of dealing with trauma
  • Discern tone in context