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. Why don't Franny and Lane have dessert?

2. When Frannie and Lane get in the cab, Frannie feels what?

3. What time of year is it?

4. Why does Franny regret asking for Lane's olive?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Bessie view Les as inept?

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

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

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

6. Why has Franny left her acting troupe?

7. Right from the start, Franny and Lane do not seem to be a couple who are dedicated to each other or their relationship. How is this shown though characterization in the opening pages leading to the point where Franny excuses herself to the ladies' room?

8. What does Franny explain to Lane about competing?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Salinger continually interrupts the plot with the idea of the apartment being painted. The painting of the apartment is a symbol. In a well-organized essay using examples from the novel, explain what the painting is a symbol of, how it is used and why it is used.

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