by Adam Horowitz
These questions are all designed to assist students in getting the most out of a single reading Joseph Heller’s satirical masterpiece, Catch-22. All questions place a special emphasis on higher order thinking, as well as College Board’s AP literature expectations in regards to making inferences, understanding irony, and in general a rather rigorous, college-level approach to literature. These materials can be used for Honors classes as well, for any teacher looking to give their students the kind of push that the new Common Core standards are aiming for.
I have been teaching for 16 years, including several years teaching English Honors IV, as well as creating my own very successful Advanced Placement Literature program from scratch nine years ago. I have a Masters in Creative Writing, and thought I would make some of my materials available for purchase.
If you end up using the materials, let me know how things go for you. My name is Adam Horowitz, and I'm a sixteen year educator. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All questions were written using the Simon and Schuster paperback copy of Catch-22. They could easily be adapted to other versions, however, the accompanying page numbers would need some altering.
These questions are also designed to be used in conjunction with a Catch-22 test. This test includes 48 multiple choice questions based on these analysis questions, as well as an essay question designed to assess students’ overall understanding of Heller’s satire.
Finally, consider looking into the complete novel package. It includes all background materials, nearly two dozen quizzes, these questions and the test. Check out the description for more info.
If you’re tired of students simply SparkNoting through literature, consider giving my materials a try.