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. Where does Franny excuse herself to at SIcklers?

2. How is Zooey related to Franny?

3. What name does Zooey call Bessie?

4. Why does Franny go to the restroom?

5. What did Buddy find in Seymour's hotel room?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why has Franny left her acting troupe?

3. When Buddy writes of Seymour's suicide, he says that " I can't be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight." What anecdote does he use to explain this and what does Buddy mean by it?

4. How did Zooey and Franny become freaks in Zooey's eyes?

5. How does Franny react when Zooey tells her that she is a hypocrite because she too is seeking treasure?

6. Lane speaks of two poets who teach at Franny's school that he wishes were at his school. Franny says that they are not real poets. What does she mean?

7. How is it ironic that Franny tells Zooey that he is the most unsympathetic person that she has ever known?

8. Salinger describes the look on Bessie's face right before she leaves the bathroom for the first time that Zooey can not see. What does the look say about the depth of her character?

9. What does Franny explain to Lane about competing?

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

Essay 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

How does Franny outwardly conform while questioning inward? Write an essay in which you analyze how this tension between outward conformity and inward questioning contributes to the meaning of the work.

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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