The Catcher in the Rye help with homework Chapter 1

  1. What do we learn about Holden’s relationship with his parents in this chapter?
  2. How has Holden’s brother D.B. lost his respect? Why does Holden object to his brother’s current writing? What does Holden mean when he says D.B. is in Hollywood “being a prostitute?”
  3. What is Holden’s self-image in Chapter 1? Find two supporting quotations. What incidents in this chapter tell us that Holden is a loner?
  4. Give an example of Holden making a broad generalization (a generalization unsupported by specific evidence).
  5. In talking about good-bys, Holden says, “I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.” What does this quotation show about Holden’s character?
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