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. How long passes before Buddy returns home after Seymour's funeral?

2. As Franny tells Lane the story of the pilgrim, what does Lane do?

3. What does Lane want Franny to do with the paper he wrote for his class?

4. Why does Lane think Franny should not say bad things about her English department?

5. Why is Bessie so upset with her husband?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is the reader told that the restaurant is for intellectual types.

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

7. What kind of a character is Lane?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Minor characters often have a significant effect on the protagonist of a novel, especially if the minor character is an antagonist. Describe how Les is an antagonist in the story and in a well-organized essay show the significance of this character to the protagonist.

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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