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Sophomore English Period 4
Seminar Questions
Catcher Seminar Period 4 Questions
Directions: Review the potential seminar questions below and prepare concrete details,
commentary and notes that may help you respond to the questions during seminar.
Relationships
 Why does Holden fail to forge healthy relationships?
Holden’s perception
 Is Holden’s perception of himself accurate?
Relationships
 How does Holden’s insecurity fuel his pessimism and therefore affect his relationships?
Phoniness
 What does Salinger suggest about phoniness through Holden’s character?
 What is the root of holden’s preoccupation with phoniness?
 How does his definition of phoniness affect his self image?
Change
 How does Holden’s emotional instability impact his attitude towards change?
Allie
 How does Allie’s death affect Holden’s attitude toward learning?
 How does allie’s death affect his attitude toward others?
 How does Holden respond to Allie’s death is healthy and unhealthy ways?
Ducks
 How does the author use the ducks to develop Holden’s character?
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Character
 How does Holden’s childhood experiences impact his character?
 In what ways is Holden a hypocrite
 How does holden’s worldview affect his isolation and how does his isolation affect his
worldview?
 Does Holden deliberately isolate himself? Why?
 Why does Holden have recurring images of his own death?
Growing up/ carousel
 What is preventing Holden from becoming a health adult?
 How do the golden ring and carousel symbols reflect the author’s theme about growing
up?
 What does Salinger imply about Holden’s recovery through the symbol of the carousel?
 How does Holden’s view of adults shape his development, as a teenager and young
adult?
Hunting hat
 Consider when and where Holden wears and removes the hunting hat. What does the
hunting hat represent?
 How does Holden’s hat reflect his attitude toward societal norms?
 Why does Holden give his hunting hat to Phoebe? What is the significance of the gift?
Phoebe
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How is Holden’s relationship with Phoebe different from his relationships with other characters? And
why?
How and why does Allie’s death affect Holden and Phoebe differently?
Holden and Newport
 If Holden were a student at Newport, what would he think of the students and teachers?
Growing up/ carousel
 What is preventing Holden from becoming a healthy adult?
 What is the significance of the carousal?
 How do the golden ring and carousel symbols reflect the author’s theme about growing
up?
 What does Salinger imply about Holden’s recovery through the symbol of the carousel?
Recovery
 What actions could Holden and other traumatized adults take to recover?
Catcher
 How does Holden’s relationships with Phoebe and Allie relate to his dream of being the
Catcher in the Rye?
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