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  CATCH-22 CATCH-22 Study QuestionsStudy Questions  Answer the following questions in ink   on your own paper. Label each chapter. Skip a line before each chapter label.  Number all questions, even those you skip. Write on the front and back of your paper. A minimum ! point slacking  penalty will be deducted if determine you to be writing the bare minimum on the ma#ority of questions. Before Reading 1.You’ve probably heard the term catch-22 before. What do you think it means? Chapter 1 – The Texan 2.What’s the effect of the first two sentences?3.What kind of narrator is used?.!ote any e amples of irony you find in this chapter.#.Who is Washin$ton %rvin$? Why did &eller choose him for his allusion?'.What’s ironic about the use of the word (patriotically) in re$ards to the *e an? Chapter 2 - Clevinger +.Why does ,levin$er think Yossarian is cray?./ plain the lo$ic to Yossarian’s ar$ument.0.What type of person seems to be a tar$et of &eller’s satire? Chapter 3 - Havermeyer 1.&ow does rr try to $et to Yossarian?11.escribe ,olonel ,ar$ill in one word.12.&ow many missions did most $enerals e pect to completea tour of duty? Chapter 4 - Doc Daneea 13.,haracterie oc aneeka.1.What does the officers’ i$norance of *.4. /liot emphasie?1#.&ow does unbar believe he can live lon$er? Chapter ! – Chief hite Halfoat 1'.When ,hief White &alfoat tells the story of the oil companies followin$ his family around5 what fi$ure of speech is he primarily usin$?1+.What is catch-22?1.Why is Yossarian so $ood at directin$ evasive maneuvers once the bombs have been dropped?10.Why did obbs $o (cray in mid-air) on the 6vi$non mission? Chapter # – H$ngry %oe 2.Why does &un$ry 7oe seem relieved whenever the number of re8uired missions in raised a$ain?21.What’s another application of catch-22 that we see in this chapter? Chapter & - 'c(att 22.Who is 9ilo 9inderbinder?23.What mi$ht his disunited eyes su$$est symbolically?2. What ille$al activity is 9ilo involved in? Chapter ) – *ie$tenant +chei,,opf  2.escribe ,levin$er. :,haracter5 not appearance.;2#.What was <ieutenant 4cheisskopf obsessed with?2'.What is &eller’s tone in ,levin$er’s (trial)?2+.What does ,levin$er realie at the end of this chapter? Chapter  – 'a.or 4 2.&ow is 9a=or 9a=or’s father a hypocrite?20.(9a=or 9a=or’s elders dislike him because he is such a fla$rant nonconformist.) &ow so?3.What is 9a=or 9a=or’s only moments of true happiness?31.Who are the ,.%.. men?32.%s Yossarian still avoidin$ responsibility even thou$h he has flown fifty-one missions? Chapter 1/ - (intergreen 33.Why is Yossarian encoura$ed by what the >rand ,onspiracy of <owery ield?3.&ow is winter$reen like Yossarian?3#.What does the dead man in Yossarian’s tent satirie? Chapter 11 - Captain Blac 3'.,haracterie ,aptain @lack.3+./ plain how &eller is satiriin$ patriotism in this chapter.3.&ow does 9a=or AA de ,overley put an end to the >lorious <oyalty ath ,rusade? Chapter 12 - Bologna 30.*he men hope the rain that delays the @olo$na mission will continue5 yet they feel worse and worse as it continues. / plain..escribe Yossarian’s attitude toward duty as revealed in the current and previous chapters.1.Yossarian’s attitude differs from what we’ve come to e pect5 yet &eller seems to approve of it. What5 if anythin$5 is praiseworthy about Yossarian’s attitude? Chapter 13 - 'a.or 00 de Coverley 2.What are 9a=or AA de ,overley’s three responsibilities?3.Where in 6merican history have 6mericans perhaps (actBedC boastfully about somethin$ BtheyC ou$ht to be ashamed of)?.%f Yossarian is the prota$onist5 he must ultimately prove to be moral. What two  actions of his mi$ht &eller see as immoral? D2+ 9E9 /nterprises (hat, the Catch  Chapter 14 – id +amp,on #.&ow does Yossarian sabota$e the intercom system so that his plane has an e cuse to turn around? '.What is a (milk run)? Chapter 1! – iltchard and (ren +.What’s &eller’s opinion of Filtchard and Wren? &ow do we know?.What does rr seem to attract? Chapter 1# - *$ciana 0.What e ample of catch-22 do we see in this chapter? Chapter 1& – The +oldier in (hite #.Why mi$ht &eller keep hintin$ about 4nowden’s death instead of =ust revealin$ what happened?#1.What does the soldier in white symbolie?#2.&ow is oc aneeka a walkin$ contradiction? Chapter 1) – The +oldier (ho +a 5verything T ice  T(6C5 #3.*hrou$h their conversation5 it’s revealed that the two supposed atheists do believe in >od but have differin$ conceptions. escribe their conceptions of >od.#.What do you think &eller’s opinion is of (this business of illusion)?##.What is &eller satiriin$ in the scene where Yossarian  pretends to be >iuseppe? Chapter 1 – Colonel Cathcart #'.What is the only reason ,athcart decided to have the chaplain say a prayer before each mission?#+.&ow does &eller ali$n ,atchcart’s feelin$s of class superiority with racism?#.escribe ,athcart’s character. Chapter 2/ – Corporal (hitcom7 #0.&ow is Whitcomb like ,athcart?'.&ow is paramnesia related to the structure of the novel? Chapter 21 – 8eneral Dreedle '1.,athcart thinks Yossarian’s name is like the words  subversive, seditious, insidious, socialist, suspicious,  fascist, and  $ommunist  . Which of these are accurate descriptions of Yossarian?'2.What’s the effect of &eller havin$ ,athcart write so manye clamation points after (Yossarian5) (@lack /yes5) and (eather in 9y ,ap)?'3.Why do you suppose Yossarian doesn’t wear his uniform to the military award ceremony and 4nowden’s funeral? Chapter 22 - 'ilo the 'ayor '.&ow is Yossarian’s morality made clear in the parts of thischapter? '#.&ow is 9ilo able to sell e$$s for # cents each that he  bou$ht for seven cents each and make a profit?''./ plain 9ilo’s corruption. Chapter 23 – 9ately, :ld 'an '+.What do you think &eller thinks of 6arfy’s miso$yny? &ow can you tell?'. &ow is !ately’s debate with the old man similar to Yossarian’s debate with ,levin$er? Chapter 24 - 'ilo '0.&ow does 9ilo =ustify the bombin$ of his own base?+.&ow are 9ilo and Yossarian further differentiated in this chapter? Chapter 2! – The Chaplain +1.&ow does &eller want the reader to feel about the chaplain? &ow can you tell?+2.What reli$ious allusions are made in this chapter?+3.&ow does &eller continue to reveal his theme of a  breakdown in communication? Chapter 2# - ;arfy +.&ow is 6arfy a sadist?+#.Why is aarfy to blame for Yossarian $ettin$ wounded? Chapter 2& – 9$r,e D$cett +'.9a=or 4anderson’s interest in psychiatry seems to stem from what?++.&ow does &eller show that Yossarian is actually much saner than 4anderson and5 by e tension5 most of the other  people in the book? Chapter 2) - Do77, +.&ow are Yossarian’s and obb’s roles reversed?+0.What is odd about rr’s last crash landin$? Chapter 2 - ecem .What does the italicied vocabulary on pa$e 320 emphasie about Feckem?1.What’s ironic about ,olonel ,athcart tryin$ to impress >eneral Feckem? Chapter 3/ - D$n7ar 2.%n &eller’s point-of-view5 unbar’s refusal to drop his  bomb on the undefended town is seen as what? 3.,learly5 !urse uckett has chan$ed her opinion of Yossarian since the be$innin$ of the book. &ow mi$ht that be interpreted?.Why doesn’t Yossarian want 9cWatt5 who has =ust killed Gid 4amson5 to kill himself? Chapter 31 – 'r,< Daneea #.What is ironic about oc aneeka’s (death)? Chapter 32- =o-=o, Roomie, '.Why does Yossarian think that the smart ones are (introverted and repressed)? Chapter 33 – 9ately, (hore +.What does the fact that the hi$h-rankin$ officers feel they have no power without their uniforms su$$est?.6fter !ately’s whore falls in love with him5 how does he act? Chapter 34 - Than,giving 0.Why does &eller unite the character in chapter one in the hospital once a$ain? D2+ 9E9 /nterprises  Chapter 3! – 'ilo the 'ilitant 0.&ow and why does 9ilo manipulate ,athcart into $ettin$ the men to fly more missions?01.&ow is the reader meant to feel about 9ilo by the end of this chapter? Chapter 3# – The Cellar 02.,ontrast the chaplain’s and Whitcomb’s reaction to news of the twelve men killed in action.03.&ow is the chaplain’s interro$ation related to events in the10#s? Chapter 3& – 8eneral +chei,,opf  0.What is so ironic about 4cheisskopf’s promotion? Chapter 3) – id +i,ter 0#.Why does !ately’s whore blame Yossarian for !ately’s death?0'.What was wron$ with the deal Filtchard and Wren offeredYossarian and how does that reflect on the military leadership?0+.&ow does Yossarian start becomin$ a hero? Chapter 3 – The 5ternal City 0.What’s the latest interpretation of catch-22?00.&ow is &eller’s humanism fully revealed in this chapter?1.%f you read the last sentence of this chapter and then the title of the ne t5 what mi$ht you e pect is in store for Yossarian? Chapter 4/ – Catch-22 11./ plain the catch to Yossarian bein$ sent home.12.Why would ,athcart and Gorn rather not court marshal Yossarian?13.or the first time5 Yossarian tells someone to call him Yo-Yo. Why is that appropriate at this time?1.What’s si$nificant about !ately’s whore finally succeedin$ in harmin$ Yossarian? Chapter 41 - +no den 1#.7ust by readin$ the title of this chapter and reco$niin$ where it comes in the book5 what do you e pect to be told in this chapter before you read it?1'.WhoHWhat mi$ht Yossarian’s (pal) be?1+.What is 4nowden’s secret and how does it relate to Yossarian’s situation? Chapter 42 – =o,,arian 1.anby and Yossarian are both inherently moral people. What’s the primary difference between them?10.,onsiderin$ the news about rr5 his name suddenly  becomes si$nificant. / plain the symbolism in his name.11.Yossarian says that he and rr are not the escapists. Who then does he think are the escapists?111.o you a$ree that Yossarian is runnin$ to  responsibility5 not away from it?112.oes the somewhat happy endin$ surprise you? oes it feel satisfyin$ or artificial to you? A Brief Introduction to Joseph Heller  Joseph Heller himself has recounted the story of his early life in his latest book  Now and Then  (1998). He was born in Brooklyn in 192 and !rew up on oney #sland. $t the outbreak of %orld %ar ##& he worked 'rst in a nay yard and then enlisted in the .*. $rmy $ir +orces& trainin! at bases in *outh arolina before ,yin! si-ty missions as bombardier in B2/s in 0orth  $frica and #taly. $fter the %ar he went throu!h colle!e and !raduate study at the niersity of *outhern alifornia& 0ew ork niersity (B.$. 198)& olumbia (3.$. 199)& and 4-ford (+ulbri!ht *cholar& 199/5). 6urin! this time he be!an to publish short 'ction. 7wo years of teachin! composition at enn *tate followed& till in 19/2 he returned to 0ew ork as a writer in adertisin! and promotions for Time &  Look & and  McCall's . Hunched at his Time  desk one mornin!in 19/& Heller wrote out lon!hand the 'rst section of  atch 18& the start of his war noel Catch-22  (19:1). 7he e-traordinary and sustained impact of that noel& both with critics and readers& was only the be!innin! of a literary career that now encompasses ei!ht ma;or books as well as sta!e plays& screenplays& short stories&articles& and reiews.Heller<s lon!mulled second noel& Something Happened  (19=)& switched attention to the an-ieties and competition of ciilian mana!ement. Good as Gold  (19=9) has a double tar!et> not only does it follow a hustlin! ?n!lish professor into the world of presidential public relations& but it is also searchin!ly concerned with the e-professor<s identity as a Jewish $merican and his relations with his e-tensie family. God Knows  (198) carries that theme darin!ly into the 4ld 7estament itself& reima!inin! the deathbed autobio!raphy of @in! 6aid in Heller<s distinctie min!lin! of the philosophical& the satiric and the absurd.#n the early 1985s& Heller became 'rst paralyAed and then seriously weakened by a deadly nere disease& uillainBarre *yndromeC with his friend *peed Do!al& he interpreted this e-perience and his recoery in the collaboratie work  No Laughing Matter   (198:). Heller<s ne-t (anti)noel&  icture This  (1988)& ;u-taposes !reat '!ures from %estern culture (lato& Eembrandt) with twentiethcentury $merica to e-ploit the recurrent clashes between !enius andpower. His noel& Closing Times  (199)& comes full circle by reunitin! the wartime heroes of his 'rst book F ossarian& 3ilo 3inderbinder& and the others F in 0ew ork 'fty years later. Closing Times  receied wide critical acclaim> accordin! to one reiewer& it showed a national D2+ 9E9 /nterprises  treasure at work& and it brou!ht renewed reco!nition of 3r. Heller<s place as one of the !reatest and most distinctie of twentiethcentury $nerican noelists. His posthumouslypublished noella  ortrait o! an rtist# as an $ld  Man  (2555) proided critics with further opportunity for appreciatie retrospectie comment. 3r. Heller<s literary achieement brou!ht numerous awards& includin! the niersity of *outh arolina<s 7homas ooper 3edal in 199:. 3r. Heller died on 6ecember 1& 1999.  The Catch   7y 95*+:9 ;*8R59   *here was only one catch and that was ,atch-225 which specified that a concern for oneIs own safety in the face of dan$ers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. rr was cray and could be $rounded. 6ll he had to do was askJ and as soon as he did5 he would no lon$er be cray and would have to fly more missions. &e would be cray to fly more missions and sane if he didnIt5 but if he was sane he had to fly them. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause and let out a respectful whistleKL*hatIs some catch5 that ,atch-225L he observed.L%tIs the best there is5L oc aneeka a$reed.Yossarian was moved deeply day and ni$ht and what moved him more deeply than anythin$ else was the fact that they were tryin$ to murder him.LWhoIs I they I?L ,leven$er wanted to know. LWho5 specifically5 is tryin$ to murder you?LL/very one of them5L Yossarian told him.L/very one of whom% LL/very one of whom do you think?LL% havenIt any idea.LL*hen how do you know they arenIt?LYossarian had proof5 because stran$ers he didnIt know shot at him with cannons every time he flew up into the air to drop bombs on them5 so it was of no use for ,leven$er to say L!o one is tryin$ to kill you.LL*hen why are they shootin$ at me?LL*heyIre shootin$ at everyone.LL6nd what difference does that make?LL%Im not $oin$ to ar$ue with you5L ,leven$er decided5 Lyou donIt know who you hate.LLWhoever is tryin$ to poison me.LL!obody is tryin$ to poison you.LL*hey poisoned my food twice5 didnIt they? idnIt they put poison in my food at errara and durin$ the >reat @i$ 4ie$e of @olo$na?LL*hey put poison in everybodyIs food5L ,leven$er e plained.L6nd what difference does that make?L*here was no established procedure for evasive action. 6ll you needed was fear5 and Yossarian had plenty of that. &e bolted wildly for his life on each mission the instant his bombs were away. When he fufilled the thirty-five missions re8uired of each man of his $roup5 he asked to be senthome.,olonel ,athcart had by then raised the missions re8uired to forty. When Yossarian had flown forty he asked to be sent home. ,olonel ,athcart had raised the missions re8uired to forty-five--there did   seem to be a catch  somewhere . Yossarian went into the hospital with a pain in his liver that fell =ust short of bein$ =aundice. %f it became =aundice the doctors could treat it. %f it didnIt become =aundice and went away they could dischar$e him. Yossarian decided to spend the rest of the war in bed by runnin$ a daily temperature of 11. &e had found a catch of his own.*o preserve his sanity a$ainst the formalied lunacy of the military mind in action5 Yossarian had to turn madman. Yet even Yossarian is more the patriot than 4$t. 9inderbinder5 the business mind in action. /ven Yossarian has to protest when 9inderbinder arran$es with the >ermans to let them knock 6merican planes down at a thousand dollars per plane. 9inderbinder is horrified--L&ave you no respect for the sanctity of a business contract?L he demands of Yossarian5 and Yossarian feels ashamed of himself. Below its hilarity& so wild that it hurts& Catch-22  is the stron!est repudiation of our ciiliAation& in 'ction& to come out of %orld %ar ##. The Naked and the %ead  and  &rom Here to ternit(   are lost within it. 7hat the horror and the hypocrisy& the !reed and the complacency& the endless cunnin! and the endless stupidity which now !o to constitute what we term hristianity are dealt with here in absolutes& does not lessen the truth of its repudiation. 7hose happy few who hit upon 7erry *outhern<s The Magic Christian  will 'nd that& what *outhern said with some selfdoubt& Heller says with no doubt whatsoeer. 7o compare Catch-22  faorably with The Good Soldier Schweik  would be an in;ustice& because this noel is not merely the best $merican noel to come out of %orld %ar ##C it is the best $merican noel that has come out of anywhere in years. Military Rank—U.S. Air Force D2+ 9E9 /nterprises
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