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Oct 14, 2015

J.D. Salinger

  1. Watch A Good Book, Not Just a Bestseller.

    Questions:

    - What do you think Salinger meant when he wrote to Jean Miller “I want to write a good book, not just a bestseller? ” Use evidence from the video to support your answer.

    - Using evidence from the video and the background essay, explain Salinger’s purpose for writing The Catcher in the Rye.

    - According to the video, when does J.D. Salinger find his voice and what does he convey about society with this voice?
  2. Watch The Reception of The Catcher in the Rye.

    Questions:

    -  According to the video, what challenges did Salinger face when he tried to get The Catcher in the Rye published?

    - What was Salinger's goal as a writer and do you think he achieved it? Support your answer using evidence from the video and the essay.

    - Why did The Catcher in the Rye garner both praise and criticism? Cite evidence from the video and the essay to support your answer.

    - Identify aspects of The Catcher in the Rye described in the video and the essay that contributed to its status as "the literary anthem of a generation".