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

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

3. What does Franny tell Lane happens to a person who repeats God's name incessantly?

4. What does Zooey do after Bessie leaves the bathroom?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of a character is Lane?

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

5. 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?

6. Why has Franny left her acting troupe?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the end of the novel. Zooey makes a phone call to Franny. The call is ironic because Zooey pretends to be someone that he is not. The irony culminates the theme of phoniness in the novel. In a well-organized essay, explain how the phone call is ironic and how it culminates the theme of phoniness.

Essay Topic 2

What might the settings of the novel suggest about the tone? Salinger places a private girls' school across the street from the Glasses' apartment. What is the significance of the school to the tone? The imagery of the living room is significant. How does this setting affect the tone? Also, the bathroom is a major setting in the story which also sets the tone of the novel. How does it? In a well-organized essay, explain how the various settings affect the tone of the novel. Avoid plot summary.

Essay Topic 3

The death of Seymour contributes to the theme of the story. In a well-organized essay, explain what may have caused Seymour to commit suicide and link that cause to the theme of selfishness. Use quotes and examples. Avoid plot summary.

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