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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 does Franny wish was underneath her chair?
(a) A napkin.
(b) A warm sweater.
(c) A trapdoor.
(d) A mouse.

2. What does Bessie continuously do while talking to Zooey?
(a) She folds towels.
(b) She smokes.
(c) She bites her fingernails.
(d) She pulls junk out of her big pockets.

3. When Franny tells Lane that he is "talking like a section man," what does she mean by the term "section man"?
(a) A teacher's assistant.
(b) A teacher's pet.
(c) A know it all.
(d) A person who takes over a class when the professor is gone.

4. What profession was Bessie in when she was younger?
(a) She was a singer.
(b) She was a teacher.
(c) She was a dancer in the theater.
(d) She was in radio.

5. Seymour and Buddy believed that education should start with what?
(a) No-knowledge.
(b) Astronomy.
(c) Mathematics.
(d) Shakespeare and Homer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What story does Buddy tell Zooey about the little girl in the market?

2. Lane tells Franny that it has been a month since they last did what?

3. In what tone does Zooey talk to his mother?

4. How does Bessie describe the title of Zooey's manuscript?

5. Who introduces the second part of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Through Bessie's dialogue, the reader can infer why Buddy does not own a phone. Why is that?

2. After Franny leaves for the restroom, Lane evaluates his situation. What does he discover, and what does it say about his relationship with Franny?

3. Franny calls Lane a "section man." What is a section man and what does she mean by it?

4. 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?

5. Why does Franny dislike Wally Campbell?

6. When Buddy writes of Seymour's suicide, he says that " I can't be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight." What anecdote does he use to explain this and what does Buddy mean by it?

7. Why does Salinger take the time to list the many items in the medicine cabinet?

8. Salinger has Buddy begin the Zooey chapter of the book although Zooey himself will continue the story. Why might Salinger use the character of Buddy when he is not physically there when Franny has her breakdown?

9. How does the concept of the Glass children being on the radio show add to the depth of the story?

10. What are the main topics that Buddy writes to Zooey about?

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