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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 4 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
  • Identify examples of Holden’s generosity
  • Apply knowledge of a variety of literary devices
  • Articulate the meaning of “secret slob” in the context of Stradlater’s behavior
  • Demonstrate awareness of Holden’s status as an unreliable narrator
  • Explore the significance of Jane’s checkers-playing behavior in Holden’s mind
  • Articulate the reason(s) for Holden’s hostility toward Stradlater
  • Demonstrate awareness of Holden’s struggle to convey the importance of information to Stradlater
  • Analyze how Stradlater’s actions and statements reflect the trait of carelessness
  • Analyze the author’s craft to discern how the narrator’s tone influences the readers perceptions of other characters