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 was Lane's paper about?

2. What name does Zooey call Bessie?

3. What does Zooey do after Bessie leaves the bathroom?

4. Lane tells Franny that it has been a month since they last did what?

5. What year is it when Zooey and Bessie are talking in the bathroom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of a character is Lane?

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

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

5. How does Franny feel as she tells Lane about the story of the pilgrim?

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

7. Why does Franny hesitate to tell Lane anything about the book she is carrying?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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