English 3201 The Catcher in the Rye



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English 3201

The Catcher in the Rye Pre-reading
Explore the web and answer the following questions about 1950s. Be prepared to present your findings to the class.


  1. Find out how much things cost in the 1950’s compared to today. Be sure to use the same country/state/province.








Cost in 1950-1959:

Cost Today:

Car:









Gasoline:









House:









Bread:









Milk:









Postage Stamp:









Average Annual Salary:









Minimum Wage:








  1. Briefly describe two “important” events that occurred in the 1950’s.



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3. Name two movies popular in the 1950’s. Briefly describe what they were about.


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  1. List 5 slang words used in the 50’s and provide their definitions. Find equivalent slang words that are used today.

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5. Describe the following aspects of 1950’s culture. Name 1 important event,

person, and date for the following categories.



  1. Art and architecture




  1. Technology events




  1. Education




  1. Fashion




  1. Sports




  1. Music




  1. Books



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