The only freedom we really have
is the freedom to say no.
Heller makes you work for understanding; he says of Catch-22,
“My objective is not merely to tell the reader a story but to make him a participant—to have him experience the book rather than read it.”
Things to look for:
· Figure out the timeline for the plot; the novel is told in a non-sequential order. The easiest way to keep track of time is to pay attention to the number of missions. What is the author’s purpose in structuring the story this way?
· Representations of greed, guilt, and confusion.
· Consider the techniques of satire, repetition, wordplay, and style
This is not meant to give you answers or help you understand plot but to consider how each chapter works to build the novel as a whole.
This is relatively detailed and includes plot related questions in addition to “thinking” questions; unfortunately page numbers do not necessarily match your book.
Explanation of the term, logical foundations, and examples
More ways of explaining the catch-22s of the novel
Loyalty Oath Samples
Map of the Italian bomber flights
A list of deaths and the chapters in which they are found
Timeline in prezi format
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The passage related to Snowden’s death
Snowden's death word cloud
Create your own AP passage assignment NEW
link to word cloud software
To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Random House commissioned an animated video with audio excerpts from the book. Check it out here
Journal assignment for novel