Franny and Zooey Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What feature of Bessie's is compared to a deposed Balkan queen's?

2. Why don't Franny and Lane have dessert?

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

4. What name does Zooey call Bessie?

5. Who is Bloomberg?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Franny explain to Lane about competing?

3. Why does Franny dislike Wally Campbell?

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

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

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

7. Zooey lashes out at Bessie over Bessie's concern for Franny's lack of appetite. What is it that Zooey tells Bessie she is missing by worrying over food?

8. What kind of a character is Lane?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Seymour's strong influence affect the characters of Franny and Zooey? In a well-organized essay, discuss the influence of Seymour and its significance to the characters of Franny and Zooey in the decisions that they make throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Bessie is a complex character. In a well-organized essay explain how she is such a character and how her character influences the decisions that her children have made. Use quotes and examples. Avoid plot summary.

Essay Topic 3

Setting is crucial to any story as to the development of a character. Salinger sets the bulk of the story of Franny and Zooey in the bathroom. What does the setting of the bathroom do to drive the characters of Bessie and Zooey? What does it say about each of them individually? What does it say about their relationship to each other?

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