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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What year is it when Zooey and Bessie are talking in the bathroom?
(a) 1955.
(b) 1967.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1933.

2. When the pilgrim first begins saying the prayer, what is he using?
(a) His heart and his lips.
(b) His lips only.
(c) His heart.
(d) His mind.

3. What does Bessie wear while at home?
(a) Jeans and a tee shirt.
(b) A sari.
(c) An old lady's housedress.
(d) A blue Japanese kimono.

4. What did Buddy find in Seymour's hotel room?
(a) A letter.
(b) A haiku poem.
(c) Books.
(d) A gun.

5. What does Franny tell Lane happens to a person who repeats God's name incessantly?
(a) That person gets to see God.
(b) The person dies.
(c) Nothing.
(d) The person has heart trouble.

Short Answer Questions

1. How has Bessie been handling the problem with Franny?

2. What does Zooey say is his Achilles' heel?

3. What does Bessie continuously do while talking to Zooey?

4. Lane and Franny dine at Sickler's restaurant for what reason?

5. Why doesn't Buddy go home after Seymour's funeral?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bessie view Les as inept?

2. Why does Franny dislike Wally Campbell?

3. What themes are brought up by Buddy's letter?

4. Lane speaks of two poets who teach at Franny's school that he wishes were at his school. Franny says that they are not real poets. What does she mean?

5. Why is Lane angry that he received an "A" on his paper?

6. Why is the reader told that the restaurant is for intellectual types.

7. What might the reason be for Franny breaking down in the bathroom instead of with the boy she claims to love.

8. When the reader first meets Franny, she seems flighty. How so?

9. Salinger describes the look on Bessie's face right before she leaves the bathroom for the first time that Zooey can not see. What does the look say about the depth of her character?

10. Zooey is described as being beautiful. Why did Salinger create him that way?

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