Franny and Zooey Test | Final 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 kind of a skull does Zooey want when he is dead?

2. How does Zooey think about Lane?

3. In the book Franny has been reading, who does the pilgrim find to help him learn about the prayer?

4. What poet does Franny love?

5. What does Franny do at the end of the phone call?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Zooey so upset that Dick came to town and wanted Zooey to go out for drinks with him?

2. Why is it so odd that the curtains have been removed from the living room?

3. Describe the Glass's living room.

4. What issue does Bessie have over the way Zooey feels about Lane?

5. Zooey is visibly upset when Bessie mistakenly believes that Franny's little green book came from the college library. Why does this bother Zooey so much?

6. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom according to Franny?

7. What does Zooey explain to Franny that he does to other people that drives Zooey crazy?

8. How would you interpret Franny's dream?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Are humans a product of their environment or their upbringing or a combination of both? Is Franny's breakdown a product of her childhood or her environment? Take a stance on the topic and using examples and quotes from the novel. Defend your stance in a well-organized essay. 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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