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 is the name of the television show that the Glass children acted in?

2. In the book that Franny is reading, after the pilgrim learns what he is seeking, what does he do next?

3. What did Seymour tell Buddy was his "wooden leg"?

4. Where do Bessie and Zooey have their long conversation?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the phone call redeem Zooey?

3. What theme of the novel is suggested by the quotations on the door of Buddy and Seymour's bedroom?

4. Describe the Glass's living room.

5. Why does Franny dislike Wally Campbell?

6. What kind of a character is Lane?

7. What is Zooey's opinion of psychoanalysts and Franny?

8. What metaphor does Salinger use to show how badly Franny received what Zooey had to say concerning the Jesus prayer?

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

10. Zooey lashes out at Bessie over Bessie's concern for Franny's lack of appetite. What is it that Zooey tells Bessie she is missing by worrying over food?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Bessie tells Zooey that he cannot "live in the world with such strong likes and dislikes." Using examples and quotes from the book, show how Zooey has strong likes and dislikes. Then explain what Bessie is trying to teach Zooey. Do you agree with her or not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What central question does the novel raises in reference to the book "The Way of the Pilgrim" and Franny's reading of it and to what extent does the novel offer answers. Explain how Salinger's treatment of this question affects your understanding of the work as a whole.

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