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 Waker say of the way Zooey handled the loss of Seymour?

2. Where will Franny be staying during her visit?

3. The reader knows that Franny is nervous during her telling of the pilgrim because she does what?

4. What name does Zooey call Bessie?

5. How is Zooey related to Franny?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What themes are brought up by Buddy's letter?

9. 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?

10. Through Bessie's dialogue, the reader can infer why Buddy does not own a phone. Why is that?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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