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 year is it when Zooey and Bessie are talking in the bathroom?

2. At the end of the letter, Buddy tells Zooey to do what?

3. What grade did Lane get on his paper?

4. Who does Zooey say Bessie should invite to join them in the bathroom?

5. How does Lane feel after Franny leaves the lunch table?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of a character is Lane?

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

5. 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?

6. While in the bathroom, how does Zooey treat Bessie?

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

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

9. What is the idea behind the Jesus prayer as explained by Franny to Lane?

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Seymour has taught Franny and Zooey about the Fat Lady. Who is she and what is it that Seymour was teaching them? In a well-written essay, explain the symbolism of the Fat Lady and how she affects the theme of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Bessie tells Zooey that he cannot "live in the world with such strong likes and dislikes." Using examples and quotes from the book, show how Zooey has strong likes and dislikes. Then explain what Bessie is trying to teach Zooey. Do you agree with her or not?

Essay Topic 3

Are humans a product of their environment or their upbringing or a combination of both? Is Franny's breakdown a product of her childhood or her environment? Take a stance on the topic and using examples and quotes from the novel. Defend your stance in a well-organized essay. Avoid plot summary.

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