This is a 45 question multiple choice test, plus a short essay, for Catcher in the Rye. While I wrote it with an Honors class in mind, it could certainly be used with an AP Literature class as well. I did follow my standard format for writing materials, which is explained below.
This test is designed as an accompanying assessment to the analysis questions I wrote for the novel being studied. The questions are imitative of the AP Literature exam in regards to the inclusion of variations on traditional multiple-choice questions such as “all of the above except” or “both a and b” to simulate choosing not necessarily the only correct answer, but the best answer in a list of somewhat comparable choices.
While the test could be used without the accompanying analysis study guides, students may find some of the particular nature of the questions difficult without being prompted to do the close analytical reading facilitated by the study guides. One of the goals of writing such a test (aside from always promoting more rigorous academic standards) is to require students to do the work I’ve assigned and actually read the novel, rather than using one of the dozens of Internet shortcuts available to students today (i.e. SparkNotes).
I have been teaching AP Lit. for 9 years and teaching in general for sixteen. I use all of the materials I sell in my own classroom, and have been running a very successful AP Lit program which I created from scratch. I have an Masters in Creative Writing, and have recently made many of these previously private materials available for purchase.
If you end up applying this in your classroom, please provide feedback as to the challenge level, student response, etc. My name is Adam Horowitz and I would love your feedback. Please post here or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Catcher in the Rye Novel Test
by Adam Horowitz
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