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. Why does Zooey get so upset when Bessie mentions calling Philly Byrnes, the psychoanalyst?

2. Who does Franny first believe is on the phone after her conversation with Zooey is over?

3. Where is Zooey going to have lunch on the afternoon of his long bath?

4. Why did Franny move out of her room at college?

5. What made Franny quit the Bible and go straight to Buddha?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the setting of Buddy and Seymour's bedroom say about their characters?

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

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

4. How does the phone call redeem Zooey?

5. What does Zooey tell Franny about her understanding of Jesus that should prevent her from saying the prayer?

6. Once Zooey arrives at Buddy's phone, he puts himself in "the ready position." What is he readying himself for?

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

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

9. 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?

10. Zooey attempts to get through to Franny on many levels. One of them is as a daughter. How so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Seymour's strong influence affect the characters of Franny and Zooey? In a well-organized essay, discuss the influence of Seymour and its significance to the characters of Franny and Zooey in the decisions that they make throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Ego and phoniness are recurring themes in the novel. What is Salinger expressing about his feelings on each of these themes?

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