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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. How does Lane feel after Franny leaves the lunch table?
(a) Worried.
(b) Indifferent.
(c) Happy she is gone.
(d) The weekend is not looking good.

2. How does Bessie describe the title of Zooey's manuscript?
(a) As unusual.
(b) Marvelous.
(c) Ridiculous.
(d) Silly.

3. In the book that Franny is reading, after the pilgrim learns what he is seeking, what does he do next?
(a) He converts everyone in his home town.
(b) He dies and goes to heaven.
(c) He travels all over Russia.
(d) He builds a church.

4. How long passes before Buddy returns home after Seymour's funeral?
(a) Six months.
(b) Ten years.
(c) One year.
(d) Five years.

5. What part of Bessie's body was "comely"?
(a) Her arms.
(b) Her torso.
(c) Her feet.
(d) Her legs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Seymour and Buddy believed that education should start with what?

2. What does Franny tell Lane is the reason why she can't lend him the pilgrim book that she has been reading?

3. How does Franny get to the restaurant manager's office?

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

5. Why is Bessie so upset with Buddy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Franny feel as she tells Lane about the story of the pilgrim?

3. How do Zooey and Buddy handle the suicide of Seymour?

4. Why does Zooey place the letter on the edge of the tub and play with it?

5. What does Bessie's attire say about her character?

6. What does Franny explain to Lane about competing?

7. Why did Buddy and Seymour decide to conduct metaphysical seminars with their younger siblings?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

(see the answer keys)

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