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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 23 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
  • Write with clarity, logic, and precision
  • Cite relevant textual evidence in support of claims
  • Analyze the greater significance of a given detail
  • Explore character motivations
  • Apply knowledge of literary devices including situational irony, dramatic irony, and hyperbole
  • Analyze how complex characters interact
  • Articulate the function of Phoebe in terms of Holden’s character development
  • Analyze what Mrs. Caulfield’s actions reveal about her parenting style
  • Analyze what Mrs. Caulfield’s frequent headaches imply about her psychological state
  • Articulate the symbolism of Phoebe’s initial refusal to accept Holden’s red hat