1. When Holden gets on the elevator, whom does he tell the operator he is going to visit?
2. Holden is very skillful at opening the door quietly. What profession does he say he should have gone into?
3. When Holden enters the family apartment, how does he know for sure that he is in the right apartment?
4. How does Holden describe his mother’s hearing ability?
5. Why does Phoebe not like her own room?
6. During the first few moments that he is in Phoebe’s room, Holden says something he has not said for many chapters. What is it?
7. Holden’s mother has outstanding tastes in what area?
8. What kind of reading does Holden find very interesting?
9. How did Phoebe hurt her arm?
10. What does Holden say that he may do now that he has been expelled from school?
1. Holden tells the elevator operator that he is going to visit the Dickstein Family.
2. Holden is so skillful at opening the door quietly, he says that he should have been a crook.
3. Holden knows that he is in the right apartment because their apartment has a distinctive smell.
4. Holden says that his mother can hear like a bloodhound (sic!).
5. Phoebe does not like her own room because it is too small.
6. Holden says the he feels “swell” for a change. He just feels good.
7. Holden’s mother has outstanding taste in buying clothes.
8. Holden enjoys reading a child’s school notebook.
9. Phoebe hurt her arm when Curtis Weintraub, a classmate, pushed her down the stairs in the park.
10. Holden says that he may get a job on a ranch in Colorado.
The Catcher in the Rye Chapter 21
Holden's got the good luck to find a substitute elevator boy on duty, and he makes it up to his parents' apartment without attracting too much attention. Phoebe is asleep in D.B.'s room, where she likes to stay when he's away, and Holden sneaks quietly into the room, sitting down at a big desk and leafing through some of Phoebe's notebooks, which he gets a big kick out of.
When Holden finally wakes Phoebe up, she's obviously thrilled to see him. She chatters about the Christmas play she's going to be in, about the movie she saw that afternoon, about a boy in school she's having a kid-drama with, and she reassures Holden by telling him that their parents are out a party and won't be back until very late.
Phoebe's a smart one, though, and pretty soon she gets around to asking why Holden's home on Saturday when he's supposed to arrive on Wednesday. Despite Holden's rationalizations, Phoebe's onto him, and is soon moaning with a very parental-sounding despair that he's obviously gotten kicked out of school again, and that "'Daddy'll kill you.'" (pg. 165) Holden tries to reassure her, but Phoebe will have none of that--she pulls a pillow over her head and refuses to come out.