Exam Vocabulary

Here are the vocabulary words that you will need to study.  These words have been studied throughout the year.  There may be a few that we have not discussed, however, that is okay, you are still expected to know these words.
1. Incredulity
2. Piscatory
3. Triumvirate
4. Sagacity
5. Incommodious
6. Insensate
7. Cogitate
8. Spile
9. Adverbious
10. Sublime
11. Auspicious
12. Dexterously
13. Precocious
14. Deprecatory
15. Congenial
16. Escutcheon
17. Destitute
18. Servility
19. Propitiate
20. Obsequious
21. Languishing
22. Doleful
23. Engendered
24. Vile
25. Expostulation
26. Consignment
27. Pecuniary
28. Sonorous
29. Conceded
30. Atheistical
31. Retinue
32. Pilferer
33. Tremulous
34. Vexed
35. Adjuration
36. Emphatic
37. Cessation
38. Perpetuation
39. Inscrutable
40. Evincing
41. Sinister
42. Emaciated
43. Piteous
44. Pernicious
45. Adversary
46. Fray
47. Portentous
48. Importuned
49. Propagate
50. Purged

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The Catcher in the Rye Essay Topics

Requirements- 3.5 format, use a sufficient amount of quotes, organized introduction with clearly stated thesis and forecast, clear topic sentences for each body paragraph, and an effective conclusion.

1. Holden and Depression: Research depression in teenagers, including information about its symptoms and treatment.  After doing so, look at Holden.  Which symptoms does he exhibit? Use evidence from the story to create a “diagnosis” of Holden.

2. Salinger weaves a variety of symbols into The Catcher in the Rye, including (but not limited to) the red hunting hat, the ducks in Central Park, and Allie’s mitt.  Select and analyze one symbol that Salinger uses in the book.  Explain how Salinger develops this object as a symbol throughout the story.  Discuss the symbol’s meaning and significance and explore its contributions to the overall message of the novel.

3. Critic David D. Galloway said, “Wherever Holden turns, his craving for truth seems to be frustrated by the phoniness of the world.” Analyze Holden’s use of the word “phony”. What does the word mean in the context of the book, and does Holden offer any alternative to phoniness? Is Holden himself guilty of being a phony? How does Salinger want readers to judge ideas about phoniness?

4. Critic Maxwell Geismer writes, “The Catcher in the Rye protests, to be sure, against both the academic and social conformity of its period, but what does it argue for?”  Write an essay to explain what the book argues for. What might Salinger have been trying to communicate to his readers through his novel, and how does he do so?

5. Ordinary People and Holden Caulfield: Rent the 1980 Robert Redford film Ordinary People (winner of four Academy Awards, including best picture, this movie is rated R, so make sure you seek permission from your parents).  It is the story of a family struggling with the accidental death of a teenage son.  Compare the situations in the film with the situations that occur with the Caulfields in The Catcher in the Rye. How much of Holden’s behavior has been affected by the death of Ally?  Compare and contrast Conrad’s grief with that of Holden.

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