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 happened to Bessie's truly lighthearted son, Walt?

2. How does Lane react to the pilgrim story?

3. For lunch, what does Franny order?

4. How does Lane react to what happens to Franny at the end of the chapter entitled Franny?

5. Where are the two meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Zooey is described as being beautiful. Why did Salinger create him that way?

2. What might the reason be for Franny breaking down in the bathroom instead of with the boy she claims to love.

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

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

5. After Franny leaves for the restroom, Lane evaluates his situation. What does he discover, and what does it say about his relationship with Franny?

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

7. Why has Franny left her acting troupe?

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

9. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Zooey is a character of contradictions. What are those contradictions and are they ever resolved in the story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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