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 does Franny say that a person does not even need when they first start saying the prayer?

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

3. In the book that Franny is reading, after the pilgrim learns what he is seeking, what does he do next?

4. What does Franny say concerning her beliefs about whether the prayer works?

5. What does Lane want Franny to do with the paper he wrote for his class?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of a character is Lane?

2. Why does Franny hesitate to tell Lane anything about the book she is carrying?

3. 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?

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

5. When Franny tells Lane that she believes she is going crazy, do you feel that she is serious?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Franny dislike Wally Campbell?

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

Why does Franny become so obsessed with the book The Way of the Pilgrim? What does the obsession say about her character? As you write, be sure to use such literary terms as round, flat, static, and/or dynamic.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the relationship between Franny and her siblings through the concept of conflict. What conflicts are created? How do those conflicts lead to the complexities of the characters/ How do those conflicts drive the plot. Avoid plot summary in writing a well-organized essay addressing the topic.

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