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. Seymour and Buddy believed that education should start with what?

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

3. What is happening to Franny's forehead while she is having lunch with Lane?

4. The pilgrim in the book that Franny has been reading is searching for what?

5. What story does Buddy tell Zooey about the little girl in the market?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What kind of a character is Lane?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Franny is hypocritical. Her hypocrisy makes her a complex character. It also is a theme of the novel. In a well-organized essay, tie the theme to her character and explain how she is hypocritical and how that hypocrisy is a theme of the novel. Use quotes and examples. Avoid plot summary.

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

Ego and phoniness are recurring themes in the novel. What is Salinger expressing about his feelings on each of these themes?

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